Ninotchka

Director:   Ernst Lubitsch
Year:   1939
Language:   English
Time:   110 minutes

Three impoverished Soviet agents arrive in glittering 1930s Paris to negotiate the repatriation of jewels taken out of Russia after the revolution. What could have been a political thriller is, instead, a gentle comic satire of true-red Marxists facing temptation in the City of Lights. Their yielding to Parisian high life is interrupted by the arrival of a severe commissar (Greta Garbo) who, in turn, finds Paris alluring and soon is caught in a romantic entanglement.

Rated PG.

Post-film discussion led by Mary Stanley.

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