The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

Director: Ernst Lubitsch Run Time: 99 min. Release Year: 1940

Starring: Frank Morgan, James Stewart, Joseph Schildkraut, Margaret Sullavan, Sara Haden

Country: United States
Language: English

About the film:

Based on the 1937 Hungarian play “Parfumerie” by Miklós László that later inspired writer-director Nora Ephron’s You’ve Got Mail (1998). The Shop Around The Corner (aka: Matuschek & Company) is a small gift shop in Budapest, Hungary where feuding shop clerks fall in love while corresponding as anonymous pen pals.

About the filmmaker:

The pointed and patented “Lubitsch Touch” was this filmmaker’s style of romantic comedy widely recognized by audiences and adored by critics. Some of Lubitsch’s best known works were Trouble in Paradise (1932), Ninotchka (1939), The Shop Around the Corner (1940), and Heaven Can Wait (1943). In 1946, he received an Honorary Academy Award for his distinguished contributions to the art of the motion picture. In 1958, renowned director Billy Wilder established the Ernst-Lubitsch-Prize, a German Comedy prize, in his friend’s honor.

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