Directed by Ernst Lubitsch
Okay, so I am feeling a bit better about being alone on Valentine's Day because I have a huge chocolate bar next to me and I have Greta Garbo. What more could a lady want?
So, as you can see, Garbo is laughing! I told my one friend that I was actually going to watch a Garbo comedy and she was like "that's weird?". But we 1001ers know that it is indeed weird to see Greta in a romantic comedy. It would be like...wow, I cannot think of purely serious modern actor. Any suggestions? Maybe it would be like Anthony Hopkins starring in a Katherine Heigl movie. Does that work?
Maybe by the third paragraph I can make a point. Garbo isn't exactly doing schtick but she does have a lighter screen presence than normal. This film is about a stern woman who comes to Paris to arrange the sale of some jewels but finds love instead. How nice (*scowls*). Anyway, the secondary characters are the real funny guys. The film is also a bit of a comment on the materialism of Paris and western society for that matter. Not laugh out loud funny but worth a watch.
The slogan "Garbo laughs!" came before the film was even fully developed and written.
Banned in the Soviet Union.
This director also did Trouble in Paradise and The Shop Around the Corner, both of which I loved.