(aka 'La Folle ingénue')

Directed by Ernst Lubitsch
USA 1946

Let it be noted at the outset that Ernst Lubitsch has come up with a delectable and sprightly lampoon in Cluny Brown..from this vantage point, the offering is among the year's most delightful film comedies.

-A.H. Weiler, New York Times, 3 June 1946
 

Jennifer Jones and Charles Boyer team up as the plumber's niece (later housemaid) and the intellectual Czech refugee, who throw English society into disarray with their disregard for conventions.

This charming satire, aided by a wonderful script taking in snobbery upstairs, downstairs and in the middle classes, is given a jolly run around by a cast comprising most of Hollywood's British stalwarts from Sir C Aubrey Smith and Peter Lawford to Sara Allgood and Una O'Connor.

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This late, delicious comedy of manners by Ernst Lubitsch is a notch below his best, but the character acting is so good one hardly notices. A plumber's daughter (Jennifer Jones) and a refugee (Charles Boyer) meet in England prior to World War II, and Una O'Connor, Peter Lawford, Helen Walker, Reginald Gardiner, C. Aubrey Smith, Reginald Owen, and Richard Haydn are around to take up what slack there is. This 1946 film is the last one Lubitsch completed.

Capsule by Jonathan Rosenbaum of the Chicago Reader found HERE

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Theatrical Release: May 1st, 1946

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DVD Comparison:

Carlotta Films - Region 0 - PAL vs. BFI Video - Region 2 - PAL

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Distribution Carlotta Films - Region 0 - PAL BFI Video - Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:36:15 (4% PAL speedup) 1:36:15 (4% PAL speedup)
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 3.87 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.2 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0)  English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles French, None English, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Carlotta Films

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details: (all in French ONLY - no English subtitles offered)

• "The Lubitsch' Touch" presentation of Ernst Lubitsch by Bernard Eisenschitz (15 ')
• "The Art of the Pleasure" commentary of scenes by Jean Douchet (20 ')
• "Some Keys of Lubitsch" Lubitsch seen by 4 French scenario writers: Claude Chabrol, Pierre Salvadori, Arnaud Desplechin and Noémie Lvovsky (15 ')
• Band Announces

DVD Release Date: April 6th, 2004

Keep Case
Chapters: 10

Release Information:
Studio: BFI Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Original trailer
• Illustrated booklet with original publicity photos, film review by A.H Weiler of the New York Times from 1946, a director biography by Thomas Elsaesser; cast and credit details

DVD Release Date: May 26th, 2008

Transparent Keep Case
Chapters: 16  

 

Comments:

ADDITION: BFI - Region 2- PAL - June 08': No appreciable difference in the image quality between these two single-layered DVDs. It's kinda nice to have the English subtitle option now but you lose the digital supplements - that were all in French anyway. There is a nice illustrated booklet with original publicity photos etc. as liner notes in the BFI.

I'd say get the most reasonably priced - although, as we predicted so long ago, the Carlotta is way out-of-print - but do get this film.

ON THE CARLOTTA: Decent single-layered DVD image! Not a blemish to be seen - above average detail - strong black levels and the best part is that the French subtitles are removable (on-the-fly too!) I was recently reminded by a friend what a great fun film this is - the characterizations are superb. It's a shame the extensive extras are in French only but the film, and this marvelous digital image, are worth the price alone. Just another gem that has fallen through the cracks of region 1 (but at least they produced 100,000 copies of Legally Blonde). Sheeesh.

We strongly recommend you get a copy of Lubitsch's last  completed film on DVD while you can. This is the type to vanish forever...  

Gary W. Tooze

 



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Distribution Carlotta Films - Region 0 - PAL BFI Video - Region 2 - PAL




 

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