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  1. V.S. Luoma-aho's rating of the film To Be or Not to Be

    Sweet & brainy screwball, which starts off a bit slow but when it gets going, it gets going. The nazi setting / context (made during the war) grants some interesting weightiness to it. Most of the humour comes from the situations, not the dialogue per se, which I kind of like. There's a vaudevillian feel to the structure/constellation.

  2. Sara Sousa's rating of the film To Be or Not to Be

    Art transforms life in the funniest and cleverest way possible.

  3. kiptok's rating of the film To Be or Not to Be

    "It is also a part of dissembling to regard others as capable of dissembling. If human beings acted in such a way that we were inclined to suspect them of dissembling, but they showed no mistrust of one another, then this doesn't present a picture of people who dissemble. 'We cannot help but be constantly surprised by these people.'" wittgenstein, remarks on colour. this movie is a beautiful insanity of deception!!!!

  4. Barrett.'s rating of the film To Be or Not to Be

    "Here is a man with a beard, and you didn't even pull it."

  5. José Neves's rating of the film To Be or Not to Be

    35mm, rewatched. Skakespeare is constantly quoted and referred in this film, which is very pertinent, since the bard who wrote about the world as a stage should be the most logical substance of a film where the stage is the world, inversion with great importance and not exactly synonymous: politics, sex and love are masks, that is, the human is a mask, but unlike later on with Bergman, an unconfessable one.

  6. Jérémy Poirier's rating of the film To Be or Not to Be

    A very good dramatic comedy mixing theater acting, "Hamlet" and war. A film in which actors must play spies to fight against the Nazi Party. "To be or not to be... that is... the question"

  7. FISCHER's rating of the film To Be or Not to Be

    Un film qui ne vieillit pas et qui garde sa fraîcheur et son humour vivifiant... www.cinefiches.com

  8. Aardsy's rating of the film To Be or Not to Be

    Funny and shocking. The balls to make this in 1942!

  9. Khach Aloyan's rating of the film To Be or Not to Be

  10. João Rocha's rating of the film To Be or Not to Be

    Comedy masterpiece. Heil myself

  11. speedball's rating of the film To Be or Not to Be

  12. Drew Kelly's rating of the film To Be or Not to Be

    Such life seeping out the screen here!

  13. Alexander Dunkelberger's rating of the film To Be or Not to Be

    Nazi satire better than the Great Dictator, and a great example of the best the classic Hollywood era has to offer. It is full of enough twists and turns to constitute it as a straight thriller, but the comedy really makes it whole and makes it memorable in the long run. The humor in question is pretty great considering the time period, and works well in the film. Not the greatest WWII comedy but certainly up there.

  14. the_mentaculus's rating of the film To Be or Not to Be

    I'm generally enamored by any movie that plays a suicide for comedy and gets away with it. And that pretty much sums up Lubitsch's treatment of Nazis: what it lacks in tact it more than makes up for in grace. The writing is damn near perfect.

  15. James Mackin's rating of the film To Be or Not to Be

    Probably my favourite screwball comedy of all time, by the master of screwball comedies.

  16. nessmj's rating of the film To Be or Not to Be

    huge fan of a running gag. jack benny and carole lombard have a wonderful presence together, dryly bouncing jokes off the other. biting satire on nazism being pure cronyism. the nazis being a fantastic foil to the tight knit group of actors really juxtaposing the fun nature of one against the fear of power and blame shifting of the other.

  17. Rafael Fonseca's rating of the film To Be or Not to Be

    A monstrously cerebral script and a wonderful craftsmanship of narrative ellipses and audience expectations makes the viewer stand on toes even on multiple viewings. Exquisitely sharp and hilarious. A truly distinguished comedy.

  18. Dignan's rating of the film To Be or Not to Be

    "What he did to Hamlet we are now doing to Poland."

  19. SpacePirate's rating of the film To Be or Not to Be

    Great late period Lombard performance. 4.5 stars

  20. RoRoRoro's rating of the film To Be or Not to Be

  21. Chris_Parker's rating of the film To Be or Not to Be

    I really love Lubitsch's dry humour.

  22. naojgg's rating of the film To Be or Not to Be

  23. OcioActivo's rating of the film To Be or Not to Be

    Where has this film been all my life? I've always loved the other Lubitsch film I've seen, "The Shop Around the Corner," but this one works just as perfectly. There's a great blend of comical wit, meticulous dialogue that shifts between emotional beats with grace, and spot-on acting that enhances the spot-on social commentary.

  24. saptarshi's rating of the film To Be or Not to Be

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