To Be or Not to Be 1942 PG

7.30PM Wed 3 Jun 2020 (1hr 39mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Ticketed

SYNOPSIS

To Be or Not To Be will screen from an imported 35mm print.

‘As nervy as it is hilarious, this screwball masterpiece from Ernst Lubitsch stars Jack Benny and, in her final screen appearance, Carole Lombard as husband-and-wife thespians in Nazi-occupied Warsaw who become caught up in a dangerous spy plot. To Be or Not to Be is a Hollywood film of the boldest black humor, which went into production right before the U.S. entered World War II. Lubitsch manages to brilliantly balance political satire, romance, slapstick, and wartime suspense in a comic high-wire act that has never been equalled.’ Criterion

CREDITS

35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, MONO, 99 MINUTES, UNITED STATES, ENGLISH/GERMAN (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR: ERNST LUBITSCH / SCRIPT: ERNST LUBITSCH / BASED ON THE ORIGINAL STORY BY MELCHIOR LENGYEL / CINEMATOGRAPHER: RUDOLPH MATÉ / EDITOR: DOROTHY SPENCER / PROD CO: ROMAINE FILM CORPORATION / PRINT SOURCE: UCLA FILM & TELEVISION ARCHIVE / RIGHTS: STUDIO CANAL AUSTRALIA / SCREENING FORMAT: 35MM