Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Still More E.L.

One more great Lubitsch scene available on YouTube (posted by someone other than me, for once), is the opening scene of Design For Living, a meet-cute for Gilda (Miriam Hopkins) and the two men who will share her affections, George (Gary Cooper) and Tom (Fredric March). Because the movie takes place in France, Gilda and George each assume the other is French and speak French to each other. The great thing about the scene -- apart from the chance to hear Gary Cooper speaking French -- is that without subtitles, Lubitsch and the actors manage to convey what they're talking about, even if you don't understand French.

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