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Thirst: Female Desire on Screen

Design for Living

A freewheeling screwball comedy of sexual openness, delivered with sparkling wit.

Image from Design for Living

USA 1933
Dir Ernst Lubitsch
With Miriam Hopkins, Fredric March, Gary Cooper, Edward Everett Horton
91min
35mm
Certificate PG

In the loose and wild days of early 1930s Hollywood, before enforcement of the Hays censorship code, Ernst Lubitsch’s sophisticated romantic comedies were progressive and sexually frank. Few were as daring as Design for Living, starring Miriam Hopkins as an artist who rejects monogamy for a ménage-à-trois with two distinctly handsome men, played by Gary Cooper and Fredric March.

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