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Cluny Brown

Call Number

  • DVD COMEDY (CEN)

Edition

DVD special edition.

Languages

English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Performers

Charles Boyer, Jennifer Jones, Peter Lawford, Helen Walker, Reginald Gardiner, Reginald Owen, C. Aubrey Smith, Richard Haydn, Margaret Bannerman, Sara Allgood, Ernest Cossart, Florence Bates, Una O'Connor.

Publication Information

[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2019]

Summary

Title from container.

Based on the novel by Margery Sharp.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1946.

Special features: New 4K digital restoration ; new conversation bwtween film critics Molly Haskell and Faran Smith Nehme on unconventional female characters in Ernst Lubitsch's films ; new video essay by film scholar Kristin Thompson ; The Lubitsch touch, an interview with film scholar Bernard Eisenschitz from 2004 ; Screen directors Playhouse radio adaptation of the film from 1950, featuring Dorothy McGuire and Charles Boyer.

The final film completed by Ernst Lubitsch, this zany, zippy comedy of manners, set in England on the cusp of World War II, is one of the worldly-wise director's most effervescent creations. Jennifer Jones shines in a rare comedic turn as Cluny Brown, an irrepressible heroine with a zeal for plumbing. Sent to work as a parlormaid at a stuffy country manor, she proceeds to turn the household upside down--with plenty of help from Adam Belinski, an eccentric continental exile who has fled the Nazis but is still worried about where his next meal is coming from. Sending up British class hierarchy with Lubitsch's famously light touch, Cluny Brown is a topsy-turvy farce that says nuts to the squirrels and squirrels to the nuts.

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