The Eclipse Viewer – Episode 12 – Lubitsch Musicals

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This podcast focuses on Criterion’s Eclipse Series of DVDs. Hosts David Blakeslee and Trevor Berrett give an overview of each box and offer their perspectives on the unique treasures they find inside. In this episode, David and Trevor are joined by special guest Lauren LoGiudice to talk about Eclipse Series 8: Lubitsch Musicals, four charming and hilarious pre-Code amusements from the late 1920s and early 1930s.

About the films:

Renowned as a silent film pioneer and the man who refined Hollywood comedy with such masterpieces as Trouble in Paradise, The Shop Around the Corner and To Be or Not to Be, Ernst Lubitsch also had another claim to fame: he helped invent the modern movie musical. With the advent of sound and audiences clamoring for “talkies,” Lubitsch combined his love of European operettas and his mastery of film to create this entirely new genre. These elegant, bawdy films, made before strict enforcement of the Hays morality code, feature some of the greatest stars of early Hollywood (Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Claudette Colbert, Miriam Hopkins), as well as that elusive style of comedy that would thereafter be known as “the Lubitsch touch.

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Timeline for the podcast:

Introduction/Background (00:00:01 – 00:16:07)

The Love Parade (00:16:08 – 00:38:04)

Monte Carlo (00:38:05 – 00:51:04)

The Smiling Lieutenant (00:51:05 – 01:08:27)

One Hour With You (01:08:28 – 01:33:49)

Conclusion (01:33:50 – 01:48:38)


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Director Overview:

Box Set Reviews:

The Love Parade:

Monte Carlo:

The Smiling Lieutenant:

One Hour With You:

The Hays Code (discussed toward the end of the episode)


Next time on the podcast: Eclipse Series 1: Early Bergman 

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