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Cluny Brown

Cluny Brown

DVD - 2019
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Set in England on the cusp of World War II, the final film by Ernst Lubitsch is a zany comedy of manners that sends up British class hierarchy with his famously light touch. Cluny Brown is an irrepressible heroine with a zeal for plumbing. Sent to work as a parlormaid at a stuffy country manor, she proceeds to turn the household upside down with plenty of help from Adam Belinski, an eccentric Continental exile who has fled the Nazis but is still worried about where his next meal is coming from.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] :, The Criterion Collection,, [2019]
Edition: DVD special edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781681436432
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE CLU
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (100 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 folded booklet (12 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 19 cm)
4 3/4 in.,black and white
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Alternative Title: Cluny Brown (Radio program)


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ontherideau Apr 09, 2021

An enjoyable movie, poking fun at British gentry of the 1940's.

Apr 11, 2020

Lubitsch's last film is a zany lampooning of the British class system. Starring Charles Boyer and Jennifer Jones, it includes a dozen of ubiquitous English speaking character actors from Ireland, Britain and America. A great job by the Criterion Collection.

Feb 25, 2020

"No more Lubitsch."-Billy Wilder
"Worse, no more Lubtisch pictures."-William Wyler, after Lubitsch's death
The last completed film by the great Ernst Lubitsch, famed for his ineffable touch and director of such witty, blithe films as "To Be or Not To Be," "Trouble in Paradise," and "The Shop Around the Corner." Jennifer Jones shies as the title character, who moves to the English countryside to be a maid. She also really likes plumbing. Seriously. Charles Boyer co-stars as a expatriate also living there, who has an interest in fighting Nazis and flirting with Jones. When people say they don't make them like they used to, this is what they mean. Peter Lawford, who has a small part, would later be part of the Rat Pack.

Jan 22, 2020

A zany overlooked 1946 comedy that deserves a much wider audience. Jennifer Jones sparkles as the naïve Cluny Brown, who shows an uncanny passion for plumbing…which upsets all around her. Directed by Ernst Lubitsch ("To Be or Not To Be"), the movie is satirical, witty and farce; and outshines better-known movies from the 1930s and 40s. My only criticism is the weak ending, with Cluny marrying her mentor, Adam Belinski (Charles Boyer) and living happily-ever-after. As if the only way a young woman can find true happiness is thru marriage instead of plumbing. The fact that Boyer is nearly 20 years older than Jones seems to not matter in Hollywood. Still, this is a romantic-comedy without much romance and no comedians in the cast. Watch also for Una O’Connor ("The Invisible Man," "Bride of Frankenstein"), who steals every scene she’s in without saying a word! "Cluny Brown" is definitely a gem of a movie that is worth watching.

Jan 14, 2020

A lighthearted spoof about British society just before WWII. Well worth watching.


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Jan 22, 2020

Cluny Brown: "It's coming over me...that Persian-cat feeling...meow!"

Adam Belinski: "Are you the type of man who puts on his pants before he answers the telephone?"


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