The Smiling Lieutenant

Dir. Ernst Lubitsch (1931). Maurice Chevalier’s leering officer is caught between two sylph-like hotties—Claudette Colbert’s band-leading violinist and Miriam Hopkins’s spoiled princess—in this Ruritanian quasi operetta consummately put together by the great crass sophisticate of the movies, Ernst Lubitsch. It’s a pre-Code charmer; the best number is an ode to silk lingerie.
Tue., Aug. 3, 1, 4:30 & 8 p.m., 2010

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