Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Sight & Sound Challenge: Trouble in Paradise (1932)

Film: Trouble in Paradise (18/250)
Critics Poll: 117th
Directors Poll: 132nd
First Time/Rewatch: Rewatch

This is an underrated little gem. It's got everything there is to love about a pre-code Lubitsch film. The dialogue crackles, it's got a naughty sensibility, and it's so so charming and quite funny to boot. A story about two thieves falling in love and joining forces to steal even more, I can only imagine how it might have scandalized the censors, and indeed when the code was enforced in 1935 it was not approved for reissue. Thank god we're not living in the dark ages anymore! This film is definitely worth seeking out. Craig and I revisited this one with our monthly film club, and nobody else had seen it before. The room was filled with laughter, and I can't think of a better audience to share this film with. 

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