With Guest Speaker Nick Marsden
U, 99 mins, 1940
Venue – Bridport Art Centre
DIRECTOR Ernst Lubitsch
STARS Margaret Sullavan James Stewart
ORIGIONAL NOVEL Parfumerie/Illatszertár by Miklós László
SCREENPLAY Samson Raphaelson
James Stewart, an ambitious head clerk in Budapest’s Matuschek and Company, finds himself drawn to a feisty new employee, Margaret Sullavan, though she spurns his advances in favor of a pen pal she has never actually met.
Ernst Lubitsch expertly juggles comedy, heartbreak and near tragedy against a backdrop of pre-war Hungary at Christmastime in this Golden Age great.
The films literary source inspired two musicals (the Judy Garland vehicle In the Good Old Summertime and the Broadway hit She Loves Me) as well as an Internet-age remake, You’ve Got Mail.
Lubitsch himself remarked that “never did I make a picture in which the atmosphere and the characters were truer.”