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McDonald at The Movies: To Be or Not to Be

Wed, Sept 11 / 7 pm
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch
1942, USA, 99 min

Once a month, comedian, star and co-founder of Kids in the Hall, comic Kevin McDonald will present a handpicked film from the archives of comic history.

Introduced by Kevin McDonald.

“Ernst Lubitsch’s WWII screwball classic To Be or Not to Be is one of Hollywood’s funniest, and most poignant, classics. Released only three months after the United States declared war on Germany — and two months after its female lead, Carole Lombard, died in a plane crash – the film mines rich, glittering veins of humor within the rubble of Nazi-occupied Warsaw, where a troupe of Polish thespians, led by Jack Benny’s egotistical ham, try to keep the names of resistance fighters out of German hands. – Keith Staskiewicz, Entertainment Weekly

Reviews

It could be Ernest Lubitsch's finest achievement, and it's certainly one of the most profound, emotionally complex comedies ever made, covering a range of tones from satire to slapstick to shocking black humor.
Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
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