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

    Art transforms life in the funniest and cleverest way possible.

  2. 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!!!!

  3. 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."

  4. 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.

  5. 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"

  6. 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

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

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

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

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

    Comedy masterpiece. Heil myself

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

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

    Such life seeping out the screen here!

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

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

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

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

    Great late period Lombard performance. 4.5 stars

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

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

    I really love Lubitsch's dry humour.

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

    Seriously one of the funniest movie ever. The Lubitsch touch will always be my favorite. Is it possible to laugh about everything? "It would get a terrific laugh"

  22. 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.

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

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

    A classic wartime comedy that probably plays better now than it ever has. The dark humor that Lubitsch brings in To Be Or Not To Be doesn't skip a beat and genuinely holds up. Jack Benny and Carole Lombard put in some of their best work and play off of each other to perfection. While it may not be Chaplin's Great Dictator, this film certainly holds its own and then some.

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