Audrey Hepburn, Ava Gardner, Clark Gable, Design for Living, Elizabeth Taylor, Fredric March, Gary Cooper, Greta Garbo, Leslie Howard, Loretta Young, Marlene Dietrich, Miriam Hopkins, Monique classique, Norma Shearer, Roman Holiday, Romeo and Juliet, Vivien Leigh, Warren Beatty
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A delightful and extremely fashionable comedy in the unforgettable style of Ernst Lubitsch, “Design for Living” is one of the most appreciated comedies in the pre-code Hollywood era. The story involves a romantic triangle between a woman and two men. In the leading roles you will find the beautiful Miriam Hopkins and the talented actors Fredric March and Gary Cooper. Owing to its controversial plot, with sexual discussions and innuendos, the film was almost banned by the Hays Office in 1934, but eventually it was successfully released. In the initial version, it was 105 minutes long, and 15 minutes were cut in the final version. The film is based on the homonymous play by Noel Coward, and Ben Hecht, who wrote the screenplay, kept only one line from the original play: “For the good of our immortal souls”. I had a wonderful time watching this comedy and it is so modern even for present-day.