This is one of the best Greta Garbo movies all time. Its famous tagline is garbo laughs. Ninotchka was a great classic by the wonderful Ernst Lubitsch that is one of his crown jewels. A no-nonsense diplomat of the Soviet Union, Nina Ivanovna “Ninotchka” Yakushova (Greta Garbo) arrives in Paris to ensure the sale of jewels seized during the Russian Revolution. Meanwhile, carefree bachelor Count Leon d’Algout (Melvyn Douglas) attempts to intercept the valuables on behalf of their former owner, the Grand Duchess Swana (Ina Claire). Despite their conflicting allegiances, the icy Ninotchka soon warms to Leon’s charms, reluctantly going against her better judgment. Does Greta Garbo really shine?
Garbo laughs was the headlines tagged it to be. It does indeed sum up the charm of this movie too. It has Greta Garbo loosen up in a fun and charming comic gem. It really has Greta Garbo in one of her finest roles on the screen. She really makes us love this character and captures in such raw detail the character. Greta Garbo is amazing as ever as she gives us one of her finest performances on the screen ever. Melvyn Douglas shines in his role. Richard Carle shines and gives us a fine acting job. Ina Claire is amazing in her role.Béla Lugosi as Razinin in a short bit of the movie even that small bit is enough for him to shine greatly. The acting is just amazing and top notch as ever as Ernst Lubitsch gets some fine performances by everyone in the cast.
Ninotchka has Ernst Lubitsch direct and craft out such wonderful acting performances that has garbo turn in a role that is very much From the moment she appears in this film belongs to Greta Garbo as Ninotchka. She is dazzling and has perfect comic delivery both in her stern and rigid and romantic stages. It really has her give us a performance that is unlike anything she did before as she gives us one of her finest roles and a different role then her other roles. The humor in this film is consistently excellent and has two dimensions to it. First, it is funny as a romantic comedy. However, secondly it is also funny as a critique of the Stalinist regime in the Soviet Union as it does make fun of it softly but does it in way to be fun and nice.
Ernst Lubitsch directs with his usual wit and flair while also poking fun at serious subjects at the time as Greta Garbo gives us one of her finest hours with such a wonderful performance that has such great comic wit and charm that rivals the great Cary grant. Melvyn Douglas has never been more suave with such a wonderful and charming role. It has all of the actors give us top performances at their finest hours. A true masterpiece of the Golden Age, Ninotchka is not to be missed by anyone who loves the movies.
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