May 26, 2018

To Be Or Not To Be

As nervy as it is hilarious, this screwball masterpiece from Ernst Lubitsch stars the incomparable Jack Benny and Carole Lombard as husband-and-wife thespians caught up in a dangerous spy plot in Nazi-occupied Warsaw. A 1942 Hollywood film of the boldest black humor, it went into production soon after the U.S. entered World War II. Lubitsch brilliantly balances political satire, romance, slapstick, and urgent wartime suspense in a comic high-wire act that has never been equaled. Featuring a Q&A w/ Thomas Doherty, Brandeis Professor & author of “Hollywood and Hitler”.

75TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT on Tuesday, May 16, 7:00 pm at Coolidge Corner Theatre.

“One of the most perfectly structured and audacious of screen comedies.” –Time Out London

“Lubitsch’s finest achievement, certainly one of the most profound, emotionally complex comedies ever made.” –Chicago Reader

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