Trouble in paradise is closer to perfection but there isn't a day in which I wouldn't pick this as the superior Lubitsch. Some films are great for their ambitions and poetic insights. Like all great Lubitsch, this masterpiece is completely down to earth and is a showcase for superb performances, clever dialogue and, most of all, endearing characters. No pretentiousness, just undiluted humanity.
What are Lubitsch films about? I would say that his central preoccupation is the desire to enjoy life, and the forces standing in the way. Thus we get a Depression-era ode to workplace camaraderie that points out how our best relations happen outside the shop: that earning money is less important than finding someone to spend it on, and that someone who rubs you the wrong way at work could be the love of your life.
My 3rd film from Lubitsch, and my least favourite, but still, quite enjoyable (the others being To Be or Not To Be and Ninotchka). I found the revelation scene, in the end, to be a small homage to the final scenes from Chaplin's City Lights, dunno if it was meant to be like that.
It takes balls to make a romantic-comedy, where 99% of the interaction between the leads is antipathy and most of the driving action takes place off screen. Lubitsch showcases the pride and euphoria of youthful love and contrasts with the fear of loneliness in old age.
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