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Carole Lombard: The Brightest Star

To Be or Not to Be

Ernst Lubitsch’s political satire delights in the talents of its fantastic cast.

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USA 1942
Dir Ernst Lubitsch
With Carole Lombard, Jack Benny, Robert Stack, Felix Bressart
Certificate U

Actor couple Joseph (Benny) and Maria Tura (Lombard), who run a Polish theatrical group, find their lives and values change after the Nazi invasion. This brilliant and irreverent political satire from Ernst Lubitsch has been replicated but never quite matched. All of Lombard’s previously proven talents coalesced with extreme nuance in this, her best – and sadly last – role (she tragically died in a plane crash before the film was released).


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