Trouble in Paradise Film Still

Trouble in Paradise

Ernst Lubitsch

 
Trouble in Paradise (Criterion DVD)

DVD

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • United States
  • 1932
  • 82 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  •  
  • Spine #170

When thief Gaston Monescu (Herbert Marshall) meets his true love in pickpocket Lily (Miriam Hopkins), they embark on a scam to rob lovely perfume company executive Mariette Colet (Kay Francis). But when Gaston becomes romantically entangled with Mme. Colet, their larcenous ruse is jeopardized and Gaston is forced to choose between two beautiful women. Legendary director Ernst Lubitsch’s masterful touch is in full flower in Trouble in Paradise, a pinnacle of the sophisticated romantic comedy, loaded with sparkling dialogue, witty innuendo, and elegant comic invention.

Cast

LilyMiriam Hopkins
Madame Mariette ColetKay Francis
Gaston MonescuHerbert Marshall
The majorCharles Ruggles
François FilibaEdward Everett Horton
Adolph J. GironC. Aubrey Smith
JacquesRobert Grieg

Credits

DirectorErnst Lubitsch
ScreenplaySamson Raphaelson
Adaptation byGrover Jones
From a play byAladar Laszlo
CinematographyVictor Milner
Art directionHans Dreier
Costume designTravis Banton

Disc Features

  • New digital transfer, with restored image and sound
  • Audio commentary by Lubitsch biographer Scott Eyman (Ernst Lubitsch: Laughter in Paradise)
  • New video introduction by director Peter Bogdanovich
  • Ernst Lubitsch’s 1917 short film Das fidele Gefängnis (The Merry Jail)
  • 1940 Screen Guild Theater radio program featuring Ernst Lubitsch, Jack Benny, Claudette Colbert, and Basil Rathbone
  • Tributes to Lubitsch, written by Billy Wilder, Leonard Maltin, Cameron Crowe, Roger Ebert, and others
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

    New cover by Paul Davis

Film Essays

Trouble in Paradise: Lovers, On the Money

By Armond White January 06, 2003

Trouble in Paradise is the most fondly memorable—if rarely seen—Hollywood screwball comedy. Its combination of suaveness, hilarity, and sexiness has had a mighty influence. There would be no . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Trouble in Paradise: Lubitsch Before the Touch

By Enno Patalas January 06, 2003

“No one would claim that Lubitsch’s German films were more important than his American ones (cf. Fritz Lang).” This was Richard Roud’s response to my piece “Ernst Lubitsch: German Period” in his . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries

Tributes to Ernst Lubitsch

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Film Essays

Trouble in Paradise: Lovers, On the Money

By Armond White January 06, 2003

Trouble in Paradise is the most fondly memorable—if rarely seen—Hollywood screwball comedy. Its combination of suaveness, hilarity, and sexiness has had a mighty influence. There would be no . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Trouble in Paradise: Lubitsch Before the Touch

By Enno Patalas January 06, 2003

“No one would claim that Lubitsch’s German films were more important than his American ones (cf. Fritz Lang).” This was Richard Roud’s response to my piece “Ernst Lubitsch: German Period” in his . . . Read more »

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