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The Shop Around the Corner
Quiet, Unassuming, Perfect
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.
I met my wife, Lise, through correspondence. Over 100 pages of e.mails through the entire month of August, 1999, before we finally met up on August 31st.
After our first perfunctory exchanges about who we were and what we liked, .. me: bands, biking, mixtapes and movies … Lise: bookcases, throw pillows, dogs and cats, and, amongst a list much longer than mine … ‘talking about movies’. Bingo.
Our next set of letters was all about the movies.
My top 10:
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Deer Hunter
The Great Santini
One From the Heart
Bonus pick – Joe Versus the Volcano
Lise’s Top 10:
I went into screenwriter mode about 30 minutes into the film. I could predict where it was going and how it was going to get there. I was enjoying it, but I knew where it was headed.
HA! I said.
I've never been so happy to be so wrong, and JHC was I proved wrong. Every friggin' 10 minutes Lubitsch and the screenwriter and the playwright were giving me the middle finger salute and I was loving it. The writing would come at me sideways, I would adjust my expectations and then get hit from the other side 10 minutes later. On and on it went, and I was lapping it up laughing out loud with a smile wider…
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.
Decades Project: 3/4 of the 40's
"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."
Growing up in the 90's, there were a lot of bad rom-coms in my house, and while they all became increasingly grating over time, there was always something effective about You've Got Mail. Don't get me wrong, it's not a great movie, but there are these moments where Tom Hanks knows that his business rival Meg Ryan is also his secret romantic pen pal which build tension in an almost Hitchcockian way (show…
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…
Set in a small leather goods store in Hungary, although it could just as well be Main Street, Ernst Lubitsch's often-imitated, never-duplicated 1940 gem The Shop Around the Corner succeeds on every level. It's been remade several times (In the Good Old Summertime, You've Got Mail, among others), but the remakes focus more heavily on the mistaken identity love story about pen pals than on the rich human dramas playing out in this little shop.
Early in the film, characters debate the advisability of ordering a new musical cigarette box to sell in their store. It's a quaint little leather box that plays Russian folksong Ochi Chernye when opened. The owner likes the box, but his head saleman (James Stewart)…
Nakon odgledanog još jednog Kapre, morao se ponovo pogledati i neki Lubicev film, čisto da se povrati kosmička ravnoteža i upotpuni veče...
ultimately a lot of lame dialogue but Lubitsch squeezes out the subtext brilliantly. stewart/sullivan are dynamic and loveable, and some excellent, subtle blocking and physicality to enjoy.
Surprises everywhere: this is billed as a screwball comedy and it really isn't. It's a bulit like a romance but the courtship doesn't occupy most of the story. That the film succeeds primarily on the bond of the shop's employees is a miracle, but the fact that it also works really well as a romance is impressive. I'm forever a James Stewart fan, and his performance is nothing short of awesome. Lubitsch is good at setting up shots and blocking. That last shot preparing for an inevitable kiss is stunning. One of the greatest workplace films and romance movies ever. A+
A great, small but wonderful romantic film that has become a Christmas classic.
Toxicity in a community is slowly stamped out by the love that others feel for each other. Makes the case for unending positivity being the best way to live your life in ways that no other movie has.
Categorize this under "movies that should be Christmas classics that aren't".
I was very familiar with the story beforehand, having seen She Loves Me (the musical based on the play that was the basis for this movie) several times, so I wasn't blindsided by its narrative innovation, but this movie still manages to pack the charm in until its bursting at the seams.
The last half, that is. The first 45 minutes are pleasant and charming, but are kind of tepid.…
The greatest christmas film people don't watch and Lubitsch's most accessible film. Its streets ahead better than its remake "You've got Mail", which feels outdated especially when you compare it to this film *There's that Lubitsch touch*. Jimmy Stewart is so charming that a couple of things his character does in this movie i'd normally scoff a bit at but he just charms the pants off of you. It's a shame this would be his only Lubistch film; he's so much fun to watch. Everyone else also deserves much praise; I could watch a sitcom of these characters. A great movie that can be enjoyed over and over.
on Blu-ray with Des
Wow this film is underrated. The Shop Around the Corner is in my opinion just as good as Rear Window, Mr. Smith goes to Washington, or any other of Stewart's work. The standout of the film are the performances. Like always Jimmy Stewart is amazing, no shock there, and Margaret Sullivan has great chemistry with Stewart. The standout was Frank Morgan. He became the character and was able to change attitude and emotion at the drop of a dime. Everyone did great as well. This is a character driven film. The film as a whole is simple but in the best way. After watching this I'm convinced Jimmy Stewart can't do any wrong.
Wow I've watched a lot of good movies lately.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
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