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THE LUBITSCH TOUCH

December at the Trylon

“The joke you didn’t expect,” wrote fellow filmmaker Billy Wilder. “That was the Lubitsch touch.” This month the Trylon presents six selections spanning more than a decade of director Ernst Lubitsch’s illustrious career, from dark sex comedies that flouted the Hollywood Production Code to time-honored favorites that enriched the Hollywood landscape.

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Starts Tue, December 10

NINOTCHKA

(1939, DCP, 110m) w/Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas, Bela Lugosi. Russian envoy “Ninotchka” Yakushova (Garbo) arrives in Paris to complete a classified government mission, only to fall for the French nobleman (Douglas) intent on sabotaging her plan. Banned in the Soviet Union, Ninotchka was one of Lubitsch’s personal favorites. SUN 3:00 MON/TUES 7:00 9:15

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Starts Sun, December 15

TROUBLE IN PARADISE

(1932, DCP, 83m) w/Miriam Hopkins, Kay Francis, Herbert Marshall. Pickpocket Lily (Hopkins) catches a tough break when her lover and partner in crime (Marshall) takes up with the perfume company owner (Francis) they’ve set their sights on robbing. This bawdy romp was withdrawn from circulation for two decades after strict enforcement of the Hollywood Production Code began in the mid-1930s. SUN 3:00 MON/TUES 7:00 8:45

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Starts Sun, December 22

HEAVEN CAN WAIT

(1943, DCP, 112m) w/Gene Tierney, Don Ameche, Laird Cregar. When wily philanderer Henry (Ameche) follows his devoted wife in death and arrives at the gates of hell, Satan (Cregar) isn’t keen to let him inside.This scintillating Technicolor feat earned three Oscar nominations, including one for Best Director. SUN 3:00 MON 7:00 9:15

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Starts Wed, December 25

THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER

(1940, 35mm, 99m) w/Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan. Competing sales clerks Alfred (Stewart) and Klara (Sullavan) unknowingly exchange love letters. Can their anonymous romance survive the reveal? With this beloved Christmas classic, Lubitsch created an enduring blueprint for romcoms. WED 3:00 5:00 7:00 THU 7:00 9:00

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Starts Sun, December 29

DESIGN FOR LIVING

(1933, DCP, 91m) w/Miriam Hopkins, Gary Cooper, Fredric March. Caught in a love triangle with Tom (March) and George (Cooper), the vivacious Gilda (Hopkins) arrives at a perfect solution. Hopkins gives a career-defining performance in her third and final Lubitsch film. SUN 3:00 MON 7:00 9:00 TUE 9:15

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Starts Sun, December 1

TO BE OR NOT TO BE

(1942, DCP, 99m) w/Carole Lombard, Jack Benny, Robert Stack. In her final performance, Lombard stars opposite Benny as members of an acting troupe out to thwart a German informant in Nazi-occupied Poland. Initially disparaged by critics for its slapstick portrayal of Hitler’s regime, To Be or Not to Be became a celebrated Lubitsch satire. SUN 7:30 MON/TUES 7:00 9:00

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Starts Sun, December 8

NINOTCHKA

(1939, DCP, 110m) w/Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas, Bela Lugosi. Russian envoy “Ninotchka” Yakushova (Garbo) arrives in Paris to complete a classified government mission, only to fall for the French nobleman (Douglas) intent on sabotaging her plan. Banned in the Soviet Union, Ninotchka was one of Lubitsch’s personal favorites. SUN 3:00 MON/TUES 7:00 9:15

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