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Press Release Criterion Press Release: Cluny Brown

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    Ronald Epstein

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    The final film completed by Ernst Lubitsch, this zany, zippy comedy of manners, set in England on the cusp of World War II, is one of the worldly-wise director’s most effervescent creations. Jennifer Jones shines in a rare comedic turn as Cluny Brown, an irrepressible heroine with a zeal for plumbing. Sent to work as a parlormaid at a stuffy country manor, she proceeds to turn the household upside down—with plenty of help from Adam Belinski (Charles Boyer), an eccentric continental exile who has fled the Nazis but is still worried about where his next meal is coming from. Sending up British class hierarchy with Lubitsch’s famously light touch, Cluny Brown is a topsy-turvy farce that says nuts to the squirrels and squirrels to the nuts.

    FILM INFO
    • Ernst Lubitsch
    • United States
    • 1946
    • 100 minutes
    • Black & White
    • 1.37:1
    • English
    • Spine #997

      SPECIAL FEATURES
      • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
      • New conversation between film critics Molly Haskell and Farran Smith Nehme on unconventional female characters in Ernst Lubitsch’s films
      • New video essay by film scholar Kristin Thompson
      • The Lubitsch Touch, an interview with film scholar Bernard Eisenschitz from 2004
      • Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1947, featuring Olivia de Havilland and Charles Boyer
      • PLUS: An essay by novelist and essayist Siri Hustvedt
      New cover by Caitlin Kuhwald

      September 17, 2019


     
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    If anyone has never seen this, boy are you in for a treat! An absolute charmer of a film. One of my favorite 1940s comedies right up there with His Girl Friday, Palm Beach Story and Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein.
     
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    This one used to play often on the repertoire circuit back when I was in college, but I haven’t seen it since. I’m looking forward to revisiting it.
     
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    I for one haven't, but it appears that will be rectified this September!
     
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    Another definite purchase for me.
     
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    I haven't either. Odd, as much as I love Lubitsch, but I'm more partial to his silents and early '30s films. I'll definitely get this on the next sale, however.
     
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    The film, which you may not be able to tell from their new bluray cover, is charming and luminous, witty and wise. A must-buy for me.
     
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    This is what Pauline Kael had to say about it: "A girl with a passion for plumbing is terribly repugnant to stuffy people who don't want to admit that they have drains. This wonderfully suggestive idea is at the center of Ernst Lubitsch's mischievous satire on English propriety, set in contemporary rural England. Jennifer Jones is Cluny (it's her lightest, funniest performance rivaled only by her dippy blonde in Beat The Devil) and Charles Boyer is a debonair scrounger - a displaced European sophisticate who encourages her to flout social conventions. It's a lovely easy going comedy, full of small surprising touches."
     
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    I'm usually partial to the original one sheet:

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    Though this photo looks nice:

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    The price link below will take you directly to the product on Amazon. If you are using an adblocker you will not see link.

     
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