Ninotchka

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  • NR
  • Genre(s): Comedy Romance
  • Release year: 1939
  • Running time: 110 min
Garbo Talks! proclaimed ads when silent star Greta Garbo debuted in talkies. Nine years and 12 classic screen dramas later, the gifted movie legend was ready for another change. Garbo Laughs! cheered the publicity for her first comedy, a frothy tale... read more
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Garbo Talks! proclaimed ads when silent star Greta Garbo debuted in talkies. Nine years and 12 classic screen dramas later, the gifted movie legend was ready for another change. Garbo Laughs! cheered the publicity for her first comedy, a frothy tale of a dour Russian envoy sublimating her womanhood for Soviet brotherhood until she falls for a suave Parisian man-about-town (Melvyn Douglas). Working from a cleverly barbed script written in part by Billy Wilder, director Ernst Lubitsch knew better than anyone how to marry refinement with sublime wit. "At least twice a day the most dignified human being is ridiculous," he explained about his acclaimed Lubitsch Touch. That's how we see Garbo's lovestruck Ninotchka: serenely dignified yet endearing ridiculous. Garbo laughs. So will you.

Original Release

11/16/1939

US Release

11/23/1939

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Cast

Greta Garbo Ninotchka / Nina "Ninotchka" Ivanovna Yakushova
Melvyn Douglas Count Leon d'Algout / Leon
Ina Claire Grand Duchess Swana / Swana
Sig Ruman Iranoff / Comrade Iranoff
Felix Bressart Comrade Buljanoff / Buljanoff
Alexander Granach Comrade Kopalski / Kopalski
Gregory Gaye Count Alexis Rakonin / Rakonin
Bela Lugosi Commissar Razinin / Razinin
Rolfe Sedan Hotel Manager
Edwin Maxwell Mercier
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Ernst Lubitsch

Writers

Charles Brackett, Melchior Lengyel, Billy Wilder, Walter Reisch

Cast

Greta Garbo Ninotchka / Nina "Ninotchka" Ivanovna Yakushova
Melvyn Douglas Count Leon d'Algout / Leon
Ina Claire Grand Duchess Swana / Swana
Sig Ruman Iranoff / Comrade Iranoff
Felix Bressart Comrade Buljanoff / Buljanoff
Alexander Granach Comrade Kopalski / Kopalski
Gregory Gaye Count Alexis Rakonin / Rakonin
Bela Lugosi Commissar Razinin / Razinin
Rolfe Sedan Hotel Manager
Edwin Maxwell Mercier
Richard Carle Gaston
George Davis Porter at Railroad Station
Dorothy Adams Swana's Maid
Monya Andre Gossip
Nino Bellini Swana's Restaurant Guest
Wilda Bennett Swana's Restaurant Guest
Symona Boniface Gossip
Frederika Brown Swana's Restaurant Patron
Emilie Cabanne Gossip
Paul Ellis Minor Role

Producers

Ernst Lubitsch Executive Producer
Ernst Lubitsch Producer
Sidney Franklin Producer

Editors

Gene Ruggiero

1940OscarBest Picture Nominated
1940OscarBest Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
1940OscarBest Writing, Original Story Nominated
1940OscarBest Writing, Screenplay Nominated
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