'You wanted one hundred thousand francs, and I thought you wanted me'. Just glorious cinema, the timing, the grace and elegance of each composition and the subtlety in the performances and Lubitsch's direction make this nothing short of a cinematic delight (plus the sexual chemistry can only be matched by Welles and Hayworth in The Lady From Shanghai). 5/5
excellent lively repartee between two crooks, inspections of wealth as seen from multiple perspectives; more and more i see why marxists love lubitsch. however, his approach to wealth is never unreasonable and often jocular. he presents it as a means by which one can learn empathy or a manner by which wealth can corrupt. love the voyeuristic shots through windows and feet running up stairs.
Charming, sophisticated and funny, even today. "...marriage is a beautiful mistake that two people make together." As always, the production design is on point, as are the two-shots and editing. But there's something special about this one, something golden reaching through. "Yes, that's the trouble with mothers. First you have to like them, then they die."