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Uniform Title To be or not to be (Motion picture : 1942)
Title To be or not to be [videorecording] / Alexander Korda presents ; an Ernst Lubitsch production ; original story by Melchior Lengyel ; screenplay by Edwin Justus Mayer ; United Artists ; produced and directed by Ernst Lubitsch.

Imprint [Irvington, NY] : The Criterion Collection, 2013.


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library DVD    TOB    Available
Edition DVD edition.
Description 2 videodiscs (99 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (23 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.)
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Motion picture
Series The Criterion collection ; 670
Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs) ; 670.
Note Originally produced as a motion picture in 1942.
Special features: Disc 1: Audio commentary featuring film historian David Kalat. Disc 2: 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); Pinkus's shoe palace (1916 film starring Ernst Lubitsch as a slapstick Jewish sterotype); The Screen Guild Theater (two episodes of the radio anthology series: Variety (1940) and To Be or Not to Be (1943)). Booklet features an essay by critic Geoffrey O'Brien and a 1942 New York Times op-ed by Lubitsch.
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.
Cast Carole Lombard, Jack Benny, Robert Stack, Felix Bressart, Lionel Atwill, Stanley Ridges, Sig Ruman, Tom Dugan.
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.
System Details DVD, 1.37:1 aspect ratio, PCM mono, NTSC, Region 1.
Language English dialogue; English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH).
Subject World War, 1939-1945 -- Poland -- Drama.
Theater -- Poland -- Drama.
Poland -- History -- Occupation, 1939-1945 -- Drama.
Genre/Form Dark comedy films.
War films.
Feature films.
Fiction films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Added Author Korda, Alexander, Sir, 1893-1956, film producer.
Lubitsch, Ernst, 1892-1947, screenwriter, film director, 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,, costume designer.
Spencer, Dorothy, 1909-2002, editor of moving image work.
Kalat, David, 1970- commentator.
Binh, N. T., 1958- filmmaker.
Bernard, Jean-Jacques, 1888-1972, film director.
O'Brien, Geoffrey, 1948- writer of added text.
United Artists Corporation.
Criterion Collection (Firm)
Added Title Screen guild theater.
Lubitsch le patron.
ISBN 9781604657616
Standard No. 715515109017
Music No. CC2298D The Criterion Collection

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