"The three Soviet comrades Buljanoff, Iranoff and Kopalski are sent to Paris to increase the state treasury by selling confiscated jewels of the Tsar's family.
"The three Soviet comrades Buljanoff, Iranoff and Kopalski are sent to Paris to increase the state coffers with the sale of confiscated jewels of the tsar's family. However, the negotiations come to a standstill because the three fall for the temptations of capitalism. So Ninotchka - Greta Garbo as a beautiful but cool and principled Soviet functionary - is sent to Paris to investigate the dubious activities of the three delegates. Faced with the city's bourgeois charm and stylish capitalist Count Léon d'Algout, she slowly thaws."
"Ninotchkais, writes Helma Sanders-Brahms, a prime example of 'how to reconcile everything: all the longing of the audience for love and laughter and luxury, all the cynicism of the intellectual for whom no frivolity is sharp enough, and all the sentimentality of one who loves people and knows them too well to take their idealism for an evening's worth."
Metzler's Film Encyclopedia
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110 min. bw. DCP. E/d Director: Ernst Lubitsch Screenplay by Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, Walter Reisch, based on a story by Melchior Lengyel Cinematography: William Daniels Editing: Gene Ruggiero Music: Werner R. Heymann With: Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas, Ina Claire
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