The story was very rewarding and there were some good comedic moments, albeit few and far between, but the reason it didn't sit too well with me was how distracting the contrast between comedy and drama was. The tone felt way off.
Holds up really well. The jokes from this era can sometimes be super dated but they still work today in 2012. Jack Benny is great in the lead, giving a really funny and endearing performance. Well written and has some serious balls, attacking Hitler when he was at his most powerful. "Heil myself." Truly a classic.
Marvellous free-wheeling entertainment which starts as drama and descends through romantic comedy and suspense into farce; accused of bad taste at the time, but now seen as an outstanding example of Hollywood moonshine, kept alight through sheer talent and expertise.
A very funny film which, because it was made during the World War II, makes its mocking of the Nazis pertinent still. An aspect that does deserve emphasis is how much acting as a skill is vital for the characters, helped by the fact that individuals cannot tell the different between two similar looking people, adding a nice layer of multiple veils on everyone (including those who nearly get themselves caught by talking about 'Concentration Camp Ehrhardt' repeatedly).
I'm generally enamored by any movie that plays a suicide for comedy and gets away with it. And that pretty much sums up Lubitsch's treatment of Nazis: what it lacks in tact it more than makes up for in grace. The writing is damn near perfect.
Just feel like this one's worth a perfect score. I mean, this is a marvelously constructed comedy, a funny film that was also a daring and significant satire. Can you imagine if comedies with such relevance were made today? I think Jack Benny is superb in this movie, one of the best comedic performances ever. Carole Lombard is great too and I have to mention character actor Sig Ruman, who is great at playing a foolish Nazi.
varşova, polonya, 2. dünya savasi, tiyatro toplulugu, hitler, nazi, casus, ajan, köstebek, baskasinin kiligina girmek, pilot, sifre (to be or not to be), cok ince espriler var. (varsova isaglinden önce hitlerle ilgili oyun hazirlayan bir tiyatro grubunun, nazilerle yolu kesisir. Ajan siletsky, tiyatro oyuncusu maria Tura'yi köstebek yapmaya calisirken, kendini bir oyun agi icinde bulur.)
Absolutely hilarious. One of the funniest films I've seen no doubt about it. The comic timing is great and Carole Lombard is nothing short of delightful to watch, and Jack Benny isn't too far behind in that department. The film's satirizing of Nazis, controversial at the time of release, is highly amusing and is just part of showing war and hatred for the dreadful things they are.
Considering the international climate in 1942, considering that the the male lead is the Jewish actor Jack Benny and considering that Lubitsch himself was german, this is probably one of the boldest comedies I have ever seen. But besides all of that, this is one of the funniest and smartest movies I have seen in a very long time. A true comedic classic!
Given the touchy historical context and the fact that comedies of that era were generally too broad to age well, it's amazing that this lost none of its charm. Chalk that up to Lubitsch's famous elegance and earthy sophistication and to the subtlety of the humor. He never stresses or explicates. A well acted film both tense and hilarious.