Paul Gauguin, America, Ernst Lubitsch discussed on Bookworm



First of all, describe trouble in paradise as it appeared to you. When you saw it, you were in undergraduate student. Addison Wisconsin Wisconsin was running film society and we showed trouble in paradise and you know, part of the reason he hasn't been as well known as should be. I mean, he was a big name in his time. Here's a household word like Hitchcock. His films became inaccessible for a long time partly because of censorship. Partly because times changed and trouble in paradise reappeared in the late sixties. And I saw this film and I was just bold overnight thought at the time. I've just seen this guy's masterpiece, which is strange feeling because he made seventy two films and what did I know about the other ones. But now I've seen all except one was just rediscovered part of a film called the Rosen tough case. Nineteen minutes were just found, but I've seen. Everything else forty-nine films, which is a pretty good survival read, and it is still has best film. In my opinion, it's it's a, it's the Panama of romantic comedy. I think it's the best of the genre. It's crazy, you're in an invented world. It doesn't have a name like the made up names in his operettas instating place as he quoted in MGM Paris. But, but nevertheless, these are people infant at home cross with their eccentricities in their beauties in their humor's was Paul Gauguin was said about the people he painted that they were Jews wearing jewels and and in trouble in paradise. The characters are jewels wearing jewels and the film's jewel it's jewel I can his precision as jewel thieves and it's it's as somebody. One of Louis colleagues said there is none. Nothing realistic about his films, everything artificial -t's world he created and that's part of what is charming and delightful. It's his world. He invented the early filmmakers were inventing this new medium to and he was a silent film maker and he learned how to use montage on gestures and looks and to tell stories without words, and he voided titles as much as possible in his silent films. You understand very sophisticated films, but as he said, a child could understand them own VO. He made films before those sensors, the Hays office, the bream office came into being. It was the glue film that necessitated sense of he practically Creole designed for living. I believe it was the first film condemned by the legion of decency Menasheh trot. It's very outrageous film even today. It's a hundred films do see in America about of Menasheh trial that people three people love each other very much what knoll coward. Called the play and Lubich is film, I think, improves on the play and is very daring and very sophisticated and the audience loved it. And then very soon the code was imposed thirty four, the real draconian code and they started not releasing his films again. Yes. What MU bitch did even before the Dakota in codes game in was to find a way to sidestep them. So though someone is very decorous -ly closing the door of the bedroom behind which. Are actors, beautiful actors will Frong we know what's going on behind the bedroom door. Not only that in one of the silent films of father peers in through the keyhole to watch his daughter and his rather impressed on her wedding night on her turns to the camera Leers is now I'm impressed and the phase out it's really raunchy. His German films are pretty raunchy. He got more subtle when he came to America. The German films are delightful, but the he was so subtle in Hollywood who Trent as John Renoir said, he, he invented the modern Hollywood, it's how did which do it, which we're talking about. It's a title that comes from sunshine that Billy woundr who took bitch as a mentor and friend wilder headed sign on his wallet, Saul Steinberg did for him. How how would Lubitsch do it? And he said he put it on the wall so that I would never write a sons would embarrass my good friend, Ernst Lubitsch, who he had written description of blizzards eighth wife in the notch, go with an he was his mentor in God. I do each film I saw was heaven can wait is very much based on my father's life for a lot of things about it..

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