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Ninotchka (1939)

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A stern Russian woman sent to Paris on official business finds herself attracted to a man who represents everything she is supposed to detest.

Director:

Ernst Lubitsch

Writers:

Charles Brackett (screen play), Billy Wilder (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Greta Garbo ... Nina Ivanovna Yakushova aka Ninotchka
Melvyn Douglas ... Count Leon d'Algout
Ina Claire ... Grand Duchess Swana
Bela Lugosi ... Commissar Razinin
Sig Ruman ... Comrade Iranoff (as Sig Rumann)
Felix Bressart ... Comrade Buljanoff
Alexander Granach ... Comrade Kopalski
Gregory Gaye ... Count Alexis Rakonin
Rolfe Sedan Rolfe Sedan ... Hotel Manager
Edwin Maxwell ... Mercier
Richard Carle ... Gaston
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Storyline

Only the royal suite at the grandest hotel in Paris has a safe large enough for the jewels of the Grand Duchess Swana. So the three Russians who have come to sell the jewels settle into the suite until a higher ranking official is dispatched to find out what is delaying the sale. She is Ninotchka, a no nonsense woman who fascinates Count Leon who had been the faithful retainer of the Grand Duchess. The Grand Duchess will give up all claim to the jewels if Ninotchka will fly away from the count. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Taglines:

The picture that kids the commissars! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

23 November 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ninotschka See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,365,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,187,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,092,000
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Greta Garbo had her misgivings about appearing in a comedy and was particularly nervous about the drunk scene, which she considered to be highly vulgar. See more »

Goofs

During the telegram/kissing scene, Iranoff refers to Bela Lugosi's Russian Commissar Razinin's name as Razin while Leon and Kopalski refer to it as Razinni, a distinctly Italian name. When it is mentioned again at the train station by Ninotchka, she again mistakenly pronounces it as Razinni. It isn't until later in the film that the correct pronunciation is used. See more »

Quotes

Mercier: Come, gentlemen, let's put our cards on the table. Right now, there's a Russian commission in New York trying to sell 15 Rembrandts. There's another in London, mortgaging the oil fields in Baku. You need money and you need it quickly. Now, I think my offer is a very fair one. It doesn't even take advantage of your situation.
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Alternate Versions

In June 1963, the film was re-released in Spain, with a new dubbing and a completely new score with classic music added in scenes who didn't got any kind of music in the original version. See more »

Connections

Remade as Ninotchka (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Ça c'est Paris
(uncredited)
Music by José Padilla
Lyrics by Jean Boyer and Jacques Charles
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Perfection!
9 December 2001 | by ms94801See all my reviews

My all-time favorite comedy! All right, I am a Garbo fan regardless of the role, and I happen to think that Melvyn Douglas was perfectly cast here. In fact, the entire cast excels, without exception, in one of Lubitsch's finest and most elegant films. Those who think that lines like "The show trials were a great success...there are now fewer, but better, Russians" are dated, or that making fun of totalitarianism is tasteless and politically incorrect need to lighten up. Garbo is not only very funny in this classic, she is inexpressibly lovely (as always). A must-see for any lover of beautifully crafted and entertaining film comedies.


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