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Title To be or not to be [(Blu-ray) videorecording] / Alexander Korda presents ; an Ernst Lubitsch production ; original story by Melchior Lengyel ; screenplay by Edwin Justus Mayer ; released through United Artists ; produced and directed by Ernst Lubitsch.

Edition Blu-ray special edition.
Publication Info. [New York] : The Criterion Collection, 2013.
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Description 1 videodisc (99 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (23 pages : illustrations ; 16 cm)
video file DVD video Region A rda
Motion picture
Series The Criterion collection ; 670
Criterion collection (Blu-ray discs) ; 670.
System Details Blu-ray; region A; full screen (1.37:1) presentation; requires Blu-ray player.
Language English dialogue; optional English SDH subtitles.
Note Booklet features an essay by critic Geoffrey O'Brien and a 1942 New York Times op-edition by Lubitsch.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1942.
Special features: Audio commentary featuring film historian David Kalat; Pinkus's shoe palace (1916 film starring Ernst Lubitsch as a slapstick Jewish sterotype); Lubitsch le patron (a 2010 French documentary written by film scholar N.T. Binh and directed by Jean-Jacques Bernard, traces the career of filmmaker Ernst Lubitsch); The Screen Guild Theater (two episodes of the radio anthology series: Variety (1940) and To Be or Not to Be (1943)).
Cast Carole Lombard, Jack Benny, Robert Stack, Felix Bressart, Lionel Atwill, Stanley Ridges, Sig Ruman, Tom Dugan.
Credits Production designed by Vincent Korda ; photographed by Rudolph Maté ; musical score by Werner R. Heymann ; interior decoration, Julia Heron ; costumes, Irene ; film editor, Dorothy Spencer.
Cinematographer, Rudolph Mat ; art director, J. McMillan Johnson, Vincent Korda ; composer, Werner Richard Heymann.
Summary As nervy as it is hilarious, a masterpiece from Ernst Lubitsch, To Be Or Not To Be; is a Hollywood film of the boldest black humor, which went into production soon after the U.S. entered World War II. Lubitsch manages to brilliantly balance political satire, romance, slapstick, and urgent wartime suspense in a comic high-wire act that has never been equaled.
Subject World War, 1939-1945 -- Poland -- Drama -- Videodiscs.
Theater -- Poland -- Drama -- Videodiscs.
Poland -- History -- Occupation, 1939-1945 -- Drama -- Videodiscs.
Genre Feature films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Added Author Lubitsch, Ernst, 1892-1947, screenwriter, film director, producer.
Korda, Alexander, Sir, 1893-1956, film producer.
Lengyel, Menyhért, 1880-1974, screenwriter.
Mayer, Edwin Justus, 1896-1960, screenwriter.
Lombard, Carole, 1908-1942, actor.
Benny, Jack, 1894-1974, actor.
Stack, Robert, 1919-2003, actor.
Bressart, Felix, 1890-1949, actor.
Atwill, Lionel, 1885-1946, actor.
Ridges, Stanley, 1892-1951, actor.
Rumann, Sig, 1884-1967, actor.
Dugan, Tom, 1889-1955, actor.
Korda, Vincent, 1896-1979, production designer.
Maté, Rudolph, 1899-1964, director of photography.
Heymann, Werner Richard, 1896-1961, composer (expression)
Heron, Julia, set designer.
Irene, 1901-1962, costume designer.
Spencer, Dorothy, 1909-2002, editor of moving image work.
Kalat, David, 1970- commentator.
Binh, N. T., 1958- filmmaker.
Bernard, Jean-Jacques, film director.
O'Brien, Geoffrey, 1948- writer of added text.
Criterion Collection (Firm)
United Artists Corporation.
Added Title Pinkus's shoe palace.
Lubitsch le patron.
ISBN 9781604657609
Standard No. 715515108911
Music No. CC2297BD The Criterion Collection
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