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A delightful comedy in the unique style of Ernst Lubitsch, “Bluebeard’s Eighth Wife” stars the legendary Gary Cooper, Claudette Colbert, and David Niven. The film’s daring plot reminded me of Lubitsch’s pre-code productions – most of them romantic comedies, such as “Trouble in Paradise” and “Design for Living”. This time, the hero, Michael Brandon (Cooper), is a definitive Don Juan, married already seven times! His eighth wife, Nicolle de Loiselle (Colbert), the daughter of a Marquis (played by the talented Edward Everett Horton) wants to teach him a lesson, and thus she apparently becomes involved with a former lover, Albert de Regnier (Niven). The romantic scenes are exciting, and the costumes are superb. In fact, most of Lubitsch’s films look so well on the screen because the actresses are exquisitely dressed, and the backgrounds are elegant, as well. The stories directed by Lubitsch involve, most of the times, aristocrats and common people who pretend to have a superior status than in reality, and also businessmen and businesswomen (see Kay Francis in “Trouble in Paradise”). “Bluebeard’s Eighth Wife” tells the complicated love story of a tycoon and an aristocrat, and this makes the film even more sophisticated. In contrast with Frank Capra, Ernst Lubitsch usually preferred not to depict the clash of the social classes (the rich and the poor), but the combination between them. In Lubitsch’s films, nobody seems to be really poor, and everybody simply has a wonderful time. There is a sense of entertainment, as if you would know that the actors are just playing games and having fun, loving and hating each other to make the public laugh and maybe forget about their difficulties. You will certainly enjoy this film, like the rest of Lubitsch’s unique productions. An excellent, tasteful comedy in the good old Hollywood style.

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