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Year
1934
Runtime
99 min.
Director
Ernst Lubitsch
Genres
Romance, Comedy, Musical
Rating *
7.5
Votes *
1,666
Checks
509
Favs
45
Dislikes
5
Favs/checks
8.8% (1:11)
Favs/dislikes
9:1
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    Siskoid

    Ernst Lubitsch's The Merry Widow suffers from a problem I have with many early musicals: Voices, women's especially, are in operetta mode and combined with the sound recording technology of the time, make some songs difficult to latch onto. That said, I really loved this screwball musical romance. Maurice Chevalier plays a cross between Don Juan and Bugs Bunny, and he and Jeannette MacDonald have great comic chemistry. The support players aren't bad either! I laughed frequently, and the music was generally nice, with plenty of callbacks to give the piece a coherent sound. Among the musical moments are some cool ballroom sequences, adding just the right amount of spectacle to this delightful - and at times impressively saucy - piece of silliness. 3 months 3 weeks ago
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    jlfitz

    Love Lubitsch's style. MacDonald is excellent in her early movies. 6 years 11 months ago
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In 2 official lists

  1. This movie ranks #55 in 100 Musicals (BFI Screen Guide)
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  2. This movie ranks #137 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
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