This masterpiece of sexy and sophisticated comedy from director Ernst Lubitsch will be presented and discussed by film historian Joseph McBride, who will also sign copies of his new book How Did Lubitsch Do It?, available for sale at the Rafael. Known in his day for the “Lubitsch Touch,” this German-born filmmaker invented the Hollywood romantic comedy, challenged American attitudes toward sex and employed innuendo to circumvent the censors. One of his finest films, Trouble in Paradise stars Herbert Marshall and Miriam Hopkins as two high-class thieves whose plan to fleece beautiful perfume heiress Kay Francis morphs into a triangular escapade. Also starring Charlie Ruggles and Edward Everett Horton. Joseph McBride is a professor in the School of Cinema at San Francisco State University. (US 1932) 83 min. plus discussion.
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