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Design For Living: The Criterion Collection DVD

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  • Technical Specs
  • Format: DVD
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Run Time: 91 Minutes
  • Region: 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: Fullscreen
  • Language: English
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: December 6, 2011
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Closed Captioning: Yes
  • Audio: ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono [CC]
  • Color: Black & White
  • Includes:
    Disc 1
    "The Clerk," Starring Charles Laughton, Director Ernst Lubitch's Segment of the 1932 Omnibus Film If I Had A Million
    Selected-Scene Commentary by Film Scholar William Paul

    Disc 2
    British Television Production of the Play Design For Living From 1964, Introduced On Camera by Playwright Noel Coward
    New Interview with Film Scholar and Screenwriter Joseph McBride On Lubitch and Screenwriter Ben Hecht's Adaptation of the Coward Play
    A Booklet Featuring An Essay By Film Critic Kim Morgan
Gary Cooper, Fredric March, and Miriam Hopkins play a trio of Americans in Paris who enter into a very adult "gentleman's" agreement, in this continental pre-Code comedy freely adapted by Ben Hecht from a play by Noël Coward, and directed by Ernst Lubitsch. A risqué relationship comedy and a witty take on creative pursuits, it concerns a commercial artist (Hopkins) unable-or unwilling-to choose between the equally dashing painter (Cooper) and playwright (March) she meets on a train en route to the City of Light. Design For Living is Lubitsch at his most adroit, an entertainment at once debonair and racy, featuring three stars at the height of their allure.
 
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