“Close to perfection—one of the most beautifully acted and paced romantic comedies ever made in this country”, wrote Pauline Kael. On a Hollywood backlot Ernst Lubitsch recreates Budapest-at least the parts of it that can be seen out the window of Frank Morgan’s gift shop, where Stewart and Margaret Sullavan play two store clerks who have loathed each other from the day they met. But when Sullavan answers Stewart’s personal ad from the newspaper’s lonely hearts column, they begin an anonymous love affair by mail. —American Film Institute
b. Jan. 29, 1892, Berlin. d. Nov. 30, 1947, Hollywood. The son of a prosperous tailor, he was drawn to the stage while participating in plays staged by his high school, which he quit at 16. To satisfy both his own urge to act and his father’s desire that he take over the family business, he began leading a double life, working as a bookkeeper at his father’s store by day and appearing in cabarets and music halls by night.
In 1911 he joined Max Reinhardt’s famous Deutsches Theater, where he rapidly advanced from bit parts to character leads. To supplement his income, he took a job in 1912 as an apprentice and general-purpose handyman at Berlin’s Bioscope film studios. The following year he began appearing in a series of film comedies, emphasizing ethnic Jewish humor, in which he played a character named Meyer. He became very successful as a comedian and soon began writing and directing his own films. Gradually, Lubitsch abandoned acting to concentrate on directing… read more
Historians often talk about the unmistakable "Lubitsch Touch" that director Ernst Lubitsch brought to his films, and never was it more perfect than in the thoroughly charming THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER. The inspiration for YOU'VE GOT MAIL, the film follows two bitter enemies who are actually each other's secret romantic pen pal. Beautifully rendered, witty, & almost impossibly romantic. Its luster remains untarnished
The Lubitsch touch is in evidence throughout in this delicately observed film that is near to perfection. The shop is situated in Budapest and is owned by a rather sad Morgan who erroneously suspects his employee Stewart of having an affair with his wife but Jimmy is only really interested in meeting the girl he is corresponding with by letter. A gem and the romantic comedy against which all others should be judged..
Title: The Shop Around the Corner
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
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