07 July, 2009

Brazil gets a taste of “The Lubitsch Touch”

Comedies, historic dramas and musicals. While everybody else in Germany had something to do with German expressionism during the beginning of the 20th century, Ernst Lubitsch was “only” trying to entertain.

He left to the world a wide and rich filmography: 72 titles, done between 1914 and 1947, from which 15 will be shown in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from tomorrow, 8th of July, until the 19th of this month, in the exhibition called “The Lubitsch Touch – The Cinema of Ernst Lubitsch”, organized by the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil.

The event covers the phase when the director, born in Berlin, lived and produced in Germany and, later, his period in the United States, the country he chose to run from the Nazism.

In the program, four films are in 35 mm, six in 16 mm and five are on DVD format. The highlights are the restored versions (35 and 16 mm) of “Anna Boleyn” (1920, Germany), “Die Bergkatze” (1921, Germany), “Schuhpalast Pinkus” (1916, Germany), “Ninotchka” (1939, USA) and “To Be or Not to Be” (1942, USA), besides a fragment of “Die Flamme” (1922, Germany).

Arndt Röskens, the coordinator of the Panorama section inside the Berlin Film Festival and member of Rio de Janeiro Film Festival program committee, is responsible for the curatorship.

See the complete program here.

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