Thursday, October 02, 2008

One Hour With You

Hetki sinun kanssasi / En timme med dig. US (c) 1932 Paramount. P+D: Ernst Lubitsch, assisted by George Cukor. SC: Samson Raphaelson - based on the play Nur ein Traum (1909) by Lothar Schmidt. DP: Victor Milner. AD: Hans Dreier, A.E. Freudeman. COST: Travis Banton. M: Oscar Straus. Songs: "Police Number," "We Will Always Be Sweethearts" and "Oh! that Mitzi!" music by Oscar Straus, lyrics by Leo Robin; "One Hour with You," "Three Times a Day," "What Would You Do?" "What a Little Thing Like a Wedding Ring Can Do" and "It Was Only a Dream Kiss," music by Richard A. Whiting, lyrics by Leo Robin. Starring Maurice Chevalier (Dr. André Bertier), Jeanette MacDonald (Colette Bertier), Genevieve Tobin (Mitzi Olivier), Roland Young (Prof. Olivier), Charlie Ruggles (Adolph). 85 min. A UCLA restored colour toned print viewed at Cinema Orion, Helsinki, 1 October 2008. - The delightful romantic comedy revisited. The more often I see this the more I regard this as one of the top Lubitsch films, top of his game. Much of the dialogue is in verse. Much of Chevalier's talk is confidential dialogue with us, the audience. The songs are warm and humoristic, performed with cordial joy. A film of love.

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