Detroit Film Theatre


Saturday, February 25, 2012

4:00 PM

(USA/1932—directed by Ernst Lubitsch)

When thief Gaston Monescu (Herbert Marshall) meets his true love in pickpocket Lily (Miriam Hopkins), they embark on a scam to rob lovely perfume company executive Mariette Colet (Kay Francis). But when Gaston becomes romantically entangled with Mme. Colet, their larcenous ruse is jeopardized and Gaston is forced to choose between two beautiful women. Legendary director Ernst Lubitsch’s masterful touch is in full flower in Trouble in Paradise, a pinnacle of the sophisticated romantic comedy, loaded with sparkling dialogue, witty innuendo, and elegant comic invention – a much-needed balm to the soul of audiences who were enduring the depression era. Though Lubitsch would go on to create other masterworks such as Ninotchka, The Shop Around the Corner and To Be Or Not To Be, Trouble in Paradise remains one of the director’s most gently hilarious and completely disarming achievements – a perfect example of “the Lubitsch touch.” (82 min.)

“The most fondly memorable Hollywood screwball comedy. A triumph of sexual awareness that steals the heart of every lucky person who sees it.” –Armond White

“A working definition of the term ‘sophisticated comedy.’” –Leonard Maltin


Saturday, February 25 at 4:00 PM