Yet another year with yet another update.
2012 version can be found here.
2013 version can be found here.
Two employees at a gift shop can barely stand one another, without realising that they are falling in love through the post as each other's anonymous pen pal.
Jimmy Stewart is perfect.
Film #5 of Project 40
”Well I really wouldn't care to scratch your surface, Mr. Kralik, because I know exactly what I'd find. Instead of a heart, a hand-bag. Instead of a soul, a suitcase. And instead of an intellect, a cigarette lighter... which doesn't work.”
A sweet and light-hearted romantic comedy from Ernst Lubitsch set in the pre-war Budapest. Lubitsch’s films are never complicated, the premise is simple, the milestones are quite predictable and after watching 10 minutes of the film it’s not hard to guess what’s going to happen in the end. Jaw-dropping surprises and twists are not part of Lubitsch’s universe, he only wants to use the magic of cinema to narrate a cheerful and riveting little…
So perfectly constructed it can be easy to initially overlook its feeling of spontaneity and human interaction. Even a suicide attempt, framed indirectly by the pop of a light bulb, plays less as black comedy than an impossibly optimistic show of human empathy and interdependence. That its revelation of lovers' identities to each other occurs after all the bright lights have been turned off around them seems so fitting for a film that subtly inverts everything you expect while producing a paragon of generic entertainment.
I think I heard the name "Mr. Matuschek" one too many times. It's been running on a loop in my brain ever since, and not in a good way. Nevertheless, I did enjoy the film a great deal, as everything else really worked.
Alfred Kralik (James Stewart) and Klara Novak (Margaret Sullavan) work together at Matuschek & Co. gift shop. Alfred is Matuschek's most long-standing employee at 9+ years. Klara is hired under his supervision when she sold, at high cost, a musical cigarette box disguised as a candy box to a larger woman, with the music being a warning not to eat so much. As the days pass, the two begin to loathe one another at work - while at…
I feel like one of those old kooks, a man of the times from the old era of doing things in wanting to use the cliched phrase to begin this review:
"They don't make em' like they use to!"
Not because I am a man, but I have never been a big fan of the Romantic-Comedy sub genre or Rom-com's as they are now popular abbreviated into. The reason for this is about 90% of the ones you see today are nothing more than formulamatic trash that pump out the same cliche and predictable stories. Their only draw to bring in audiences is to always interchange the actors (more like celebrities as the more famous the better, talent not always…
Ernst Lubitsch's The Shop Around the Corner tells the story of two employees at a gift shop in Budapest who constantly butt heads without realizing that they've fallen in love through correspondence. It's a classic opposites attract scenario with Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullivan as the warring employees, trading barbs at the speed of light without taking a breath or faltering in enunciation. Perhaps best-known for sharing the source material with Nora Ephron's You've Got Mail, which updates the story to accommodate late 20th century technology and changes the location from Budapest to New York City (a.k.a. the center of the universe in modern romantic comedies), The Shop Around the Corner is both gentler and darker than the later incarnation.…
I suppose if anyone were to follow in Jimmy "Everyman Sr." Stewart's lumbering footsteps for this role in the YOU'VE GOT MAIL remake, then Tom "Everyman Jr." Hanks was a good choice.
The graceful mixture of humor and pathos, which this film adeptly displays, is the trademark of a type of film I love dearly.
An enchanting romantic comedy about love, family and communication. It's a great tribute to the film that despite the fact that the two leads are a little underwhelming, it's still such a fantastic film. Elegant, funny, but still rooted in the every day, "The Shop Around the Corner" has a few pacing issues, but there's enough charm to carry it through.
The Shop Around the Corner is a cleverly constructed romantic comedy with an abundance of warmth. Lubitsch's empathy extends to his supporting characters who end up being more interesting than the central pair. I found Margaret Sullavan's character to be needlessly abrasive and difficult to like, and some of the humour is mean-spirited.
Jimmy Stewart is perfect.
A slice of Lubitsch/Stewart movie heaven.
In The Shop Around The Corner the basic plot can be distilled to two coworkers (James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan) having struck up a relationship with one another, through letters, unbeknownst to one another.
Everything surrounding this story just makes the whole thing an almost magical affair. From the colourful employees of Matuschek & Co. to the wonderful dialogues they are given to play with, and while one can nowadays question the logic of so many employees for such a (small) store, all those personalities really add something to the film.
It's a perfect romantic comedy with two perfect leads that deliver perfect performances. The balance between the seriously serious Stewart and the bubbly and…
I just love watching Stewart no matter what he does, although here he plays a rather shady game with the girl in the end. But why did they place the shop in hungary as in the novel when it's just a distraction for american viewers. If you don't build it into the story the country should have been unanimous.
I'd shop anywhere that had Jimmy Stewart as a salesman.
Lubitsch's THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER is a great comedy. It's also a great drama. And it's also a great romance. Man, it's just great.
Jimmy Stewart charms is this movie, and his chemistry with Margaret Sullavan is excellent. You want to see them together in the worst way.
The movie is about a shop in Budapest. Stewart is the clerk who wants to be a manager. Sullavan is the girl who wants a job. Eventually they are working together and don't realize that they've been writing romantic letters to one another. So, of course, they don't get along. It's the great romantic comedy set-up, and Lubitsch gets the most mileage out of it.
Part of the reason why THE…
This was the first film I ever saw of Ernst Lubitsch's and it totally reminded me of Frank Capra's movies, especially his 1934 classic It Happened One Night and well, The Shop Around the Corner is just as good as that one. This was the film that inspired You've Got Mail, a delightful romantic comedy from 1998 that is in my opinion very underrated, which I saw long before I got the chance to watch this one. This film is incredibly sweet, funny, beautiful, and nearly perfect. James Stewart's performance is wonderful and it's among his best, while Margaret Sullavan was adorable and the supporting cast was enchanting.
Another year, another update. 2012 List can be found here.
The following is a really extensive and great list of…