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
Post-film discussion led by Mary Stanley.
About the director Ernst Lubitsch.
Other background on the film.
About the actor Greta Garbo.
About the screenwriter Billy Wilder.
A selection of reviews of the film.