Monday, August 15, 2005

The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

Ernst Lubitsch, bitch! So the 'Lubitsch touch' isn't just movie myth-making rearing its head -- between this and Trouble in Paradise, Ernst made charming-yet-prickly romantic comedies look like the easiest thing to make in the world. The acting is perfect, the script is sharp (didn't expect the darker shadings that come into play), the chemistry is unbeatable, etc. etc. If this film doesn't make you want to go get a pen pal, you're not paying attention. That Nora Ephron could take this and turn it into the corporate-whore also-ran You've Got Mail is simply more evidence that she is devil-spawn.

Grade: A


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