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Criticwire Classic of the Week: Ernst Lubitsch's 'To Be or Not to Be' - Indie Wire (blog)

Criticwire Average: A+. With "To Be or Not to Be," director Ernst Lubitsch achieved something astonishing: He laughed in the face of the Nazis by creating a comedy that illustrates how their ideology makes them buffoons. It was a precarious time in the world, with uncertainty and terror dominating the national sentiment, and it wasn't exactly the "appropriate" time to poke fun at the great evil lurking right around the corner. But Lubitsch and screenwriter Edwin Justus Mayer (adapting a story by Melchior Lengyel) realized something profound: The best time to mock the most ruthless, vile force the world had ever seen was when it seemed the least appropriate. Lubitsch designed "To Be or Not to Be" to be shocking, but only because the best satire is meant to shake you to your core. Plotted within an inch of its life, "To Be or Not to Be" begins before the German invasion of Poland with a Warsaw theater company rehearsing their satire of the Nazi regime. The play stars Josef Tura (Jack Benny, in an absolutely brilliant performance), a "ham" who's always trying to take center stage, and his beautiful wife Maria (Carol Lombard, in unfortunately her last film role), who loves her husband but also... During the company's production of "Hamlet," in which Tura plays the title role, Maria tells Sobinski to meet her in her dressing room during Hamlet's famous "To be or not to be" monologue. They secretly have an affair, but it's cut short by Germany declaring war on Poland and Sobinski leaving to join the war effort. But when Sobinski discovers that a Polish resistance leader Professor Siletsky (Stanley Ridges) is a traitor to the cause, Sobinski is sent to warn the resistance. Through a series of misunderstandings, mistaken identity, and bad luck, Sobinski ropes the Tura's and the Warsaw theater company into protecting the Polish resistance by infiltrating the Gestapo. For the first half of "To Be or Not to Be," Lubitsch and Mayer turn their sights on actors and performers, illustrating their narcissism, vanity, and foolishness. Through a remarkably deft introduction to the principal characters, Lubitsch captures the various egos and agendas at work in any theater company — small actors wanting to be bigger, big actors wanting to be important, writers wanting their words... But when Germany declares war, Lubitsch and Mayer do. Source: blogs.indiewire.com

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  • Criticwire Classic of the Week: Ernst Lubitsch's 'To Be or Not to Be'

    10/28/15 ,via Indie Wire (blog)

    Take the "real" Colonel Ehrhardt (Sig Ruman), a broad, buffoonish character who takes pride in nicknames like "Concentration Camp Ehrhardt" and is so gullible that he'll believe anything just to please his superiors. Lubitsch draws a subtle connection 

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    08/15/15 ,via Breitbart News

    Columnist and author of “Adios, America,” Ann Coulter and National Review writer and author of “The Conservatarian Manifesto,” Charles C. W. Cooke, debated the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump on Thursday's “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel.

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One of the best things about #Marx Bros comedies is how appalled all the supporting players look. Especially Sig Ruman. 11/16/15, @MrKalleMattila
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  • Only Angels Have Wings

    05/16/15 ,via The Arts Desk

    On the ground, Geoff is brusquely running the airline for amiable owner Dutchy (Sig Ruman), knowing that if they miss a delivery the business will collapse. Why would fliers risk their lives for the post? The thrill, no doubt, combined with the fact that ...

  • Sig Ruman, Actor, Dead at 82; Sgt. Schultz in 'Stalag 17' Film; German-Born Performer Was in 150 Movies Soviet Envoy in 'Ninotchka'

    02/16/15 ,via The New York Times

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  • THE SCREEN; 'The Song of Bernadette,' a Devout Film Version of the Werfel Story, With Jennifer Jones, Opens Here at Rivoli

    01/27/15 ,via New York Times

    Franz Werfel's eloquent story, "The Song of Bernadette," which is a hymn to the everlasting ... Anne Revere, Roman Bonen and Sig Ruman are touching as simple folks, and numberless other actors are true in supporting roles. One might question the taste ...

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Sig Ruman - IMDb

Sig Ruman, Actor: Stalag 17. Wonderfully talented German-born actor, capable of tremendous comedic and dramatic performances, usually as some type of pompous ...

Sig Ruman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sig Ruman (October 11, 1884 – February 14, 1967) was a German-American actor known for his comic portrayals of pompous and often stereotypically Teutonic officials ...

Sig Ruman - Biography - IMDb

Wonderfully talented German-born actor, capable of tremendous comedic and dramatic performances, usually as some type of pompous bureaucrat or similarly arrogant ...

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