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How did Lubitsch do it?

Joseph McBride

How did Lubitsch do it?

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Published .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Criticism and interpretation,
  • Motion picture producers and directors

  • Edition Notes

    Includes bibliographical references and index.

    StatementJoseph McBride
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsPN1998.3.L83 M37 2018
    The Physical Object
    Pagination561 pages
    Number of Pages561
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL26964159M
    ISBN 100231186444
    ISBN 109780231186445
    LC Control Number2017044420
    OCLC/WorldCa1013740608

    Obviously, the conditions in Hollywood were not ideal for an objective depiction of the Soviet Union or social conditions in France. Why, yes Daniel, you should brew a pot of coffee and stay up all night reading this book. Writing about Lubitsch's work, critic Michael Wilmington observed: At once elegant and ribald, sophisticated and earthy, urbane and bemused, frivolous yet profound. McBride, one of our foremost film historians, the author of solid, well-informed books on Welles, Ford, Frank Capra, and Steven Spielberg, has taken up the cudgels for his favorite master of sophisticated comedy.

    Young Ernst, an indifferent student, was enthralled by acting and managed to join the troupe of the great theatrical director Max Reinhardt, who cast him in minor roles—a source of frustration, though he picked up technique and aesthetics by observing Reinhardt. His commentary on the recently restored silent German films, many of which are now available on YouTube and DVD, is especially pertinent. Presenter Mervyn LeRoycalling Lubitsch "a master of innuendo", described some of his attributes as a filmmaker: "He had an adult mind and a hatred of saying things the obvious way. He excavates key themes from Lubitsch's work, proposing that, in his films, "politics is seen through the prism of human behaviour rather than the other way around", and finding autobiographical threads running through them, pointing to the way that "beneath their glittering surfaces lurk feelings of anxiety about exclusion and belonging". In addition to being a suspenseful story, The Blaze touches on so many timely and timeless themes.

    The Jewish Lubitsch left Germany a decade before the Nazis came to power, was denounced by Hitler in as "a person dangerous to the State", and took out American citizenship inbut he always suffered from a keen sense of displacement. This splendid work does real justice to its subject. Lubitsch creates other youthful characters along the same lines, who are not Jewish, in films such as The Doll and The Shop Around the Corner. After Lubitsch's funeral inthe grief-stricken Wilder turned to fellow filmmaker William Wyler and bemoaned the passing of his mentor.


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How did Lubitsch do it? book

In The Doll, a romantic fantasy comedy, a shy, wealthy youth terrified of women is urged to marry a mechanical doll Oswalda instead, so he can come into his inheritance. Inhe became a naturalized citizen of the United States. As a result, Lubitsch favors satire and irony in his comedies of upper class sexual relations.

How Did Lubitsch Do It?

He also deals with Lubitsch's relationships with actors — including Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo, James Stewart and Don Ameche — and his skilful deployment of their screen personas for his own distinctive purposes.

Bemoaning the fact that Lubitsch's fame and influence have receded in recent times, McBride approaches his part-biographical, part-critical examination of the director's career with a missionary zeal.

Inhe was appointed Paramount 's production manager, [2] thus becoming the only major Hollywood director to run a large studio. Sign us up! Beautifully written by Lubitsch's favorite writer, Samson RaphaelsonShop Around the Corner is a treasury of hopes and anxieties based in the desperate faces of Stewart and Sullavan.

Notwithstanding this, in his discussion of the exquisitely autumnal Heaven Can WaitMcBride concedes, with reasonable qualifications, that Lubitsch's depiction of the battles of the sexes often comes down on the side of the double standard. With glowing reviews under his belt, and American money flowing his way, Lubitsch formed his own production company and set to work on the high-budget spectacular The Loves of Pharaoh Without seeing his career as a single, unified whole, it cannot be fully understood or appreciated.

He was How did Lubitsch do it? book three times for Best Director. Notoriously difficult to define, that "touch" has something to do with the power of suggestion, the ability to convey information and evoke emotion without doing so directly. In the introduction to his book, McBride makes clear that in writing about Lubitsch he is also criticizing contemporary filmmaking.

It is enjoyable, provocative and thorough. Orson Welles declares that "his talent and originality are stupefying", adding that "there was a sort of spirit that pervaded his films that you can't analyse".

How Did Lubitsch Do It? Anything really. Ernst Lubitsch in His next film was a romantic comedy, written with Samson RaphaelsonTrouble in Paradise Advertisement Bemoaning the fact that Lubitsch's fame and influence have receded in recent times, McBride approaches his part-biographical, part-critical examination of the director's career with a missionary zeal.

A very ambitious task, for perhaps the safest response to such an inquiry is the one that runs like a refrain through Shakespeare in Love Erlynne, whose daughter, Lady Windermere, believes her mother to be dead and reveres her memory. Write your question below:. Mariette hires Gaston as her secretary and the pair begin to have feelings for one another.

Description Orson Welles called Ernst Lubitsch "a giant. There are no easy answers for any of the characters we meet in this book. Describing him as "a man of pure cinema", Alfred Hitchcock says, "His greatest contribution, to me, to the cinema, was his making of The Marriage Circle.

It all comes down to this. It very much feels like a conversation and not a history or civics lesson. We first see Ossi after she has thrown everything on the floor of her room, apparently the result of pent-up emotions and sexual feelings. The instability and political convulsions in Germany were clearly other pieces of the puzzle.

It is enjoyable, provocative and thorough. He was fired after a year on the job, and returned to full-time moviemaking.Ernst Lubitsch's American comedy by William Paul (Book) How did Lubitsch do it?

by Joseph McBride (Book) Ernst Lubitsch: a guide to references and resources by Robert L Carringer (Book). Apr 24,  · Lubitsch’s sound films from the s are better known and often show up on television.

McBride provides a comprehensive analysis of their merits and defects. Briefly: In Trouble in Paradise, a thief masquerading as a baron, Gaston (Herbert Marshall).

Prolific film historian and biographer McBride (Writing in Pictures) delivers his best book yet with this study of Ernst Lubitsch, who helped invent the movie musical with The Smiling Lieutenant and The Merry Widow and perfected the romantic comedy in films such as Ninotchka.

Jan 01,  · Revered film historian Joseph McBride's new book, How Did Lubitsch Do It?, explores this master of modern comedy in scintillating detail.

LA Weekly A compelling case for Lubitsch as an unequaled master of elegant, sophisticated entertainments marked by sly innuendo and adult sensibilities that have stood the test of time.

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Jul 29,  · How Did Lubitsch Do It? restores Lubitsch to his former stature in the world of cinema. Joseph McBride analyzes Lubitsch’s films in rich detail in the first in-depth critical study to consider the full scope of his work and its evolution in both his native and adopted lands/5(10).