Ninotchka (1939): A stern Russian woman sent to Paris on official business finds herself attracted to a man who represents everything she is supposed to detest.
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch
This is my favorite Garbo movie. Comedy is as tough as drama, maybe more so because it wants to make us laugh. Watching it I could understand while Lubitsch inspired film makers like Billy Wilder.
I was amazed to see how much of the dialog from this movie was used in “Silk Stockings”, the musical remake in 1957. Cyd Charisse must have watched Garbo quite alot, to mimic her inflections and delivery of many of the lines. Not that Charisse was anywhere the caliber of Garbo in the acting department, but she made up for it in the dancing. And you really can’t compare Fred Astaire with Melvyn Douglas-so very different. Both movies are enjoyable in their own distinctive ways. Of course, in 1957 at the height of the Cold War, the meaning of the movie was a bit different.