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To be or not to be / Alexander Korda presents ; an Ernst Lubitsch production ; screenplay by Edwin Justus Mayer ; released through United Artists.

To be or not to be

Lubitsch, Ernst, 1892-1947 screenwriter, film director, producer. (Added Author).
Korda, Alexander, Sir, 1893-1956 film producer. (Added Author).
Lengyel, Menyhért, 1880-1974 screenwriter. (Added Author).
Mayer, Edwin Justus, 1896-1960 screenwriter. (Added Author).
Lombard, Carole, 1908-1942 actor. (Added Author).
Benny, Jack, 1894-1974 actor. (Added Author).
Stack, Robert, 1919-2003 actor. (Added Author).
Bressart, Felix, 1890-1949 actor. (Added Author).
Atwill, Lionel, 1885-1946 actor. (Added Author).
Ridges, Stanley, 1892-1951 actor. (Added Author).
Rumann, Sig, 1884-1967 actor. (Added Author).
Dugan, Tom, 1889-1955 actor. (Added Author).
Korda, Vincent, 1896-1979 production designer. (Added Author).
Maté, Rudolph, 1899-1964 director of photography. (Added Author).
Heymann, Werner Richard, 1896-1961 composer (expression) (Added Author).
Heron, Julia, set designer. (Added Author).
Irene, 1901-1962 costume designer. (Added Author).
Spencer, Dorothy, 1909-2002 editor of moving image work. (Added Author).
Kalat, David, 1970- commentator. (Added Author).
Binh, N. T., 1958- filmmaker. (Added Author).
Bernard, Jean-Jacques, 1888-1972 film director. (Added Author).
O'Brien, Geoffrey, 1948- writer of added text. (Added Author).
United Artists Corporation. (Added Author).
Criterion Collection (Firm) (Added Author).
Production designed by Vincent Korda ; photographed by Rudolph Mat©♭ ; musical score by Werner R. Heymann ; interior decoration, Julia Heron ; costumes, Irene ; film editor, Dorothy Spencer ; original story by Melchior Lengyel ; produced and directed by Ernst Lubitsch. (Cast).

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Main DVD To 2 discs (Text) 31307021677697 Movies Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781604657616
  • ISBN: 1604657618
  • Physical Description: 2 videodiscs (99 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Edition: Full screen.
  • Publisher: [New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2013].

Content descriptions

General Note:
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1942.
Special features: Disc 1: Audio commentary featuring film historian David Kalat. Disc 2: Pinkus's shoe palace (1916 film starring Ernst Lubitsch as a slapstick Jewish sterotype); Lubitsch le patron (a 2010 French documentary written by film scholar N.T. Binh and directed by Jean-Jacques Bernard, traces the career of filmmaker Ernst Lubitsch); The Screen Guild Theater (two episodes of the radio anthology series: Variety (1940) and To Be or Not to Be (1943)). Booklet features an essay by critic Geoffrey O'Brien and a 1942 New York Times op-ed by Lubitsch.
Creation/Production Credits Note:
Production designed by Vincent Korda ; photographed by Rudolph Mat©♭ ; musical score by Werner R. Heymann ; interior decoration, Julia Heron ; costumes, Irene ; film editor, Dorothy Spencer ; original story by Melchior Lengyel ; produced and directed by Ernst Lubitsch.
Participant or Performer Note:
Carole Lombard, Jack Benny, Robert Stack, Felix Bressart, Lionel Atwill, Stanley Ridges, Sig Ruman, Tom Dugan.
Summary, etc.:
As nervy as it is hilarious, a masterpiece from Ernst Lubitsch, To Be Or Not To Be; is a Hollywood film of the boldest black humor, which went into production soon after the U.S. entered World War II. Lubitsch manages to brilliantly balance political satire, romance, slapstick, and urgent wartime suspense in a comic high-wire act that has never been equaled.
System Details Note:
DVD; NTSC; Region 1; 1.37:1 aspect ratio; PCM mono.
Language Note:
English dialogue; optional English SDH subtitles.
Subject: World War, 1939-1945 > Poland > Drama.
Poland > History > Occupation, 1939-1945 > Drama.
Theater > Poland > Drama.
Genre: Dark comedy films.
War films.
Fiction films.
Feature films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
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