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Trouble in Paradise

Screening on Film
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch.
With Miriam Hopkins, Kay Francis, Herbert Marshall.
US, 1932, 35mm, color, 82 min.
Print source: Universal

A sparkling showcase for both "the Lubitsch touch" and the sophisticated art direction typical of Paramount's pre-war films, Trouble in Paradise follows a pair of jewel thieves who fall in love and drift from Venice to Paris, eventually forming a dangerous triangle with their intended victim and jeopardizing their devious plans.  Quintessential Depression-era escapist fantasy of life and love among the idle rich, Trouble in Paradise is also a parable of class revenge and an affectionate satire of the cliché that “love conquers all.”  Lubitsch brilliantly re-tools the slamming doors device of bedroom farce into the more elegantly and erotically charged euphemisms: footsteps on staircases, silhouettes on pillows, proper names as code words. 

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