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Design for Living

Ernst Lubitsch

 
Design for Living (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United States
  • 1933
  • 91 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #592

Gary Cooper, Fredric March, and Miriam Hopkins play a trio of Americans in Paris who enter into a very adult “gentleman’s agree­ment” in this continental pre-Code comedy, freely adapted by Ben Hecht from a play by Noël Coward and directed by Ernst Lubitsch. A risqué relationship story and a witty take on creative pursuits, the film concerns a commercial artist (Hopkins) unable—or unwilling—to choose between the equally dashing painter (Cooper) and playwright (March) she meets on a train en route to the City of Light. Design for Living is Lubitsch at his sexiest, an entertainment at once debonair and racy, featuring three stars at the height of their allure.

Cast

Tom ChambersFredric March
George CurtisGary Cooper
GildaMiriam Hopkins
Max PlunkettEdward Everett Horton
Mr. DouglasFranklin Pangborn
StenographerIsabel Jewell
HousekeeperJane Darwell

Credits

DirectorErnst Lubitsch
ProducerErnst Lubitsch
From the play byNoël Coward
ScreenplayBen Hecht
Original musicJohn Liepold
CinematographyVictor Milner
EditingFrances Marsh
Art directionHans Dreier
Costume designTravis Banton

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • “The Clerk,” starring Charles Laughton, director Ernst Lubitsch’s segment of the 1932 omnibus film If I Had a Million
  • Selected-scene commentary by film scholar William Paul
  • British television production of the play Design for Living from 1964, introduced on camera by playwright Noël Coward
  • New interview with film scholar and screenwriter Joseph McBride on Lubitsch and screenwriter Ben Hecht’s adaptation of the Coward play
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Kim Morgan

    New cover by F. Ron Miller

Film Essays

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Design for Living: It Takes Three

By Kim Morgan December 06, 2011

Clutch those pearls! Ernst Lubitsch’s sophisticated and sexy adaptation of Noël Coward’s randy romp is as soulful as it is scandalous. Read more »

News

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Noël Coward in New York

March 07, 2012

A celebration of one of the great cosmopolites of the twentieth century, in one of the cosmopolises he adored. Read more »


Features

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Design for Living: Notes on the Play

By Barry Day December 26, 2011

Noël Coward’s play Design for Living was produced for Broadway in 1933, starring Coward, Alfred Lunt, and Lynn Fontanne. But it started life back in 1921. Coward was on his first impoverished . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: Design for Living

December 20, 2011

“Anyone under the illusion that movies have grown more sophisticated about sex as society has become (allegedly) more open should take a look at Design for Living,” writes Charles Taylor in the . . . Read more »


Three Reasons


Posters

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Let’s Make a Deal

December 09, 2011

Original Design for Living two-sheet, 1933. Read more »


Film Essays

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Design for Living: It Takes Three

By Kim Morgan December 06, 2011

Clutch those pearls! Ernst Lubitsch’s sophisticated and sexy adaptation of Noël Coward’s randy romp is as soulful as it is scandalous. Read more »


The Grand Design

October 04, 2011