The Shop Around the Corner

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In Brief: While it may not be the best film he ever made, Ernst Lubitsch's The Shop Around the Corner (1940) is a prime example of the "Lubitsch Touch." A light, occasionally frivolous romantic comedy that gave James Stewart one of his most iconic early roles, Lubitsch's sense of story and characterization are second to none even if his premise may seem predictable to modern eyes. The reason for that sense of predictability stems from the many remakes of the story — most recently Nora Ephron's particularly weak You've Got Mail (1998) — all of which are drastically inferior to the original. You may know the story, but Lubitsch along with stars Stewart and Margaret Sullivan give this version something special that has never been recaptured.
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Starring: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan, Joseph Schildkraut, Sara Haden, Felix Bressar
Rated: NR

The Hendersonville Film Society will show The Shop Around the Corner on Sunday, April 8, at 2 p.m. in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.


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