To Be or Not to Be

To Be or Not to Be ★★★★½

Sublimely, mysteriously funny. As in, as you watch it, you’re not quite sure why this story isn’t actually oppressively sad. The Germans invade Poland; Warsaw falls under martial law; Poles are routinely shot; a member of the resistance is revealed as a turncoat; Hitler comes to town… and yet the so-called “Lubitsch Touch” somehow adds a hilarious, satirical glow to everything, brings out the brilliant humanity of the resistance without an ounce of sanctimony. Basically, magic.

Watched it with my 10-year old twin boys, who gave it a fair thumbs up.

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