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Ernst Lubitsch

First Nighter: Amusing "Billy & Ray," Affecting "brownsville song (b-side for tray)"

David Finkle | Posted 10.21.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

The Billy & Ray of the vague title Mike Bencivenga gives his play at the Vineyard are Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler.

It Takes Three: Design for Living

Kim Morgan | Posted 02.07.2012 | Entertainment
Kim Morgan

A "gentleman's agree­ment" is not so easy -- not when it comes to Miriam Hopkins, Gary Cooper and Fredric March. Criterion has released the g...

On The Artist, The Lure of Nostalgia, and Ten Silent Movies Worth Talking Up

John Farr | Posted 05.18.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Just when you start believing there's no hope for anything daring and original coming out of Movieland, something gets released that surprises you. The Artist is one such movie -- and what's new about it is that it's old.

Just Maybe -- the Best Comedy Film Director Ever

John Farr | Posted 06.12.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Even though Entertainment Weekly named him the 16th-best film director of all time, if I mention the name Ernst Lubitsch to my own middle-aged contemporaries, I usually get a hazy look.

Recalling "The Lubitsch Touch"

John Farr | Posted 06.26.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

If you have not experienced the German director Ernst Lubitsch's special "touch," well -- here's your chance.

Remembering Jennifer Jones and A Perfect Afternoon at the Movies

Penelope Andrew | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Penelope Andrew

Jennifer Jones always defied easy analysis, so much the better for us to simply surrender to her films themselves.