the push-pull games in the love story could be quite tedious, but it's really amazing how the stories of (more) interesting supporting characters neatly enwrapped the main romance. And the dialogue is great!! even the seemingly menial banter could told stories about human connections on those depressing time.
Un chef-d'oeuvre de finesse psychologique décuplé par un exceptionnel humour délicat et communicatif. Avec "Haute pègre", certainement de loin un des meilleurs films de Lubitsch et une des plus suaves comédies américaines de tous les temps. A ne rater sous aucun prétexte, l'antidote idéal contre la morosité, la bêtise et le désespoir. www.cinefiches.com
The story was the basis for the modern remake You’ve Got Mail, with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks and is the sort of sophisticated romantic comedy Lubitsch became known for. It’s a pretty simple story with the kind of pitter-patter dialogue you’d expect from a film of this era when lovers who reveal their real identities kiss once and immediately decide to marry. Simpler times.
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.