Ninotchka (Ernst Lubitsch, 1939) wr. Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, Walter Reisch, story by Melchior Lengyel; Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas

blurb: A stern Russian woman sent to Paris on official business finds herself attracted to a man who represents everything she is supposed to detest.

"Garbo laughs". Big deal! That's the only other thing she does apart from her "I vant to be alone" look.

I'm sure this film is immensely interesting for some people. I'm not one of them.

I regret not knowing that Bela Lugosi was one the three comic Russians until after I'd seen it, but enjoy knowing that I'd recognised one of the company - but without knowing that the name of the actor was ... Gregory Gaye. He was 92 when he died in LA.

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