A tale of platonic love and art versus carnal desire and lust, revolving around Gilda, the mother of the arts, the heart of the love triangle. Although the plot seems rather superficial, it is very well written, including witty dialogues and clever symbolism. I am usually no fan of theatrical exaggerations, but here it's done so consistent and well that I was able to embrace it. A very charming and mature film.
Racy, sexy, and intelligent. Pre-Code is a wonderful era, and in a lot of ways Design for Living is an adept representation of it. The leads work well together (although Hopkins seems to outshine the rest) and the dialogue is good. I just wasn't a fan of the plot, but maybe that's due to the original play.
Cinematography by Victor Milner. "Desire" list: Gary Cooper, again - but Fredric March and Miriam Hopkins are amazing . "(...) I will leave all and come and make the hymns of you,/None has understood you, but I understand you, /None has done justice to you, you have not done justice to/yourself,/None but has found you imperfect, I only find no/imperfection in you, (...) (Walt Whitman)
Fantastic wity dialogue throughout. I should like this more but whenever there's adultery, I think about emotions, melodrama and tears... My own fault that I can't give this five stars.Love the leads(even Gary Cooper) but Miriam Hopkins outshines everyone.
3.75 stars. I really like the play and this film is not the play but the spirit of the play is in the film. The four leads are great, the dialogue is witty, and the film is beautifully shot. I just love what this film stands for, which is amongst other things: freedom and fun!
This pre-code comedy directed by the incomparable Ernst Lubitsch may have jettisoned Coward's original stage play for the screen treatment by Ben Hecht, but what it lacks in wit, it makes up in charm. The three leads work so well together, you'd think there was a menage-a-trois going on behind the camera. Miriam Hopkins was never better. Films with this subject matter couldn't be made until thirty years later.
Was this movie like the precurser to all those french 2 guys and a girl movies that occured a few decades later? I can't believe the topic matter in this old gem. I think I prefer Cooper in comedic roles like this or Hawks' "Ball of Fire". March and Hopkins are great too.