• The Smiling Lieutenant

    1931. USA. Ernst Lubitsch. 83 min.

Thursday, December 6, 2007, 6:00 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

  • The Smiling Lieutenant

    1931. USA. Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Screenplay by Samson Raphaelson, Ernest Vajda, based on the operetta Ein Walzertraum by Leopold Jacobson and Felix Dörmann, and on the novel Nux der Prinzgemahl by Hans Müller. With Maurice Chevalier, Claudette Colbert, Miriam Hopkins. This vintage Lubitsch romantic comedy features a love triangle between a Viennese lieutenant, his worldly violinist girlfriend, and a naïve princess smitten with the soldier. The Smiling Lieutenant, Raphaelson's first screenplay and one of Lubitsch's first sound films, was the debut collaboration between the writer and director. The pair would work together steadily until 1948, when Raphaelson virtually stopped writing for film. This is also Hopkins's first film with Lubitsch—who would cast her again in Trouble in Paradise (1932) and Design for Living (1933)—and one of five films that the director made with Chevalier. The Museum's print, acquired from the Danish Filmmuseum, features Danish subtitles. 83 min.

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