To Be or Not to Be
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 39 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: July 19, 2016
- Originally Released: 1942
- Label: Reel Vault
- Encoding: Region [unknown]
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Carole Lombard & Jack Benny|
|Performer:||Robert Stack, Lionel Atwill, Sig Ruman, Felix Bressart, Stanley Ridges, Tom Dugan & Charles Halton|
|Directed by||Ernst Lubitsch|
|Edited by||Dorothy Spencer|
|Screenplay by||Edwin Justus Mayer|
|Composition by||Werner R. Heymann|
|Produced by||Ernst Lubitsch|
|Director of Photography:||Rudolph Maté|
Rating: 5/5 -- Ernst Lubitsch's To Be Or Not to Be, starring Jack Benny and Carole Lombard, is a top-notch World War 2 satire taking place during the Holocaust. Full Review
Solzy at the Movies
Although seemingly played for laughs, there is a depth and multilayered meaning to much of the action and dialogue that led an audience newly involved to consider what part they might play in a world at war. Full Review
Ernst Lubitsch's picture is remarkably graceful, humane, and sidesplitting.
Rating: 4/4 -- A masterpiece. ... Hurtling forward with its dizzying blend of laughs and intrigue, the movie's blessed with a script that's jam-packed with memorable quips (some laced with naughty double entendres), with most of the best ones handed over to Benny. Full Review
Despite some of the serious situations, the comedic, brilliant, and delightful tone dominate in the movie, making it into a masterpiece. [Full Review in Spanish] Full Review
[D]irector Ernst Lubitsch's classic original gave Jack Benny his one great movie role...
It's certainly one of the finest comedies ever to come out of Paramount. Full Review
A classic black comedy set in wartime Poland which deals with the members of an acting troupe who inadvertently become involved in the war effort. Academy Award Nominations: Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedic Picture.
- TO BE OR NOT TO BE was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1996.
- The film was remade in 1983 by Mel Brooks.
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