THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER
1940, Warner Bros., 99 min, USA, Dir: Ernst Lubitsch

James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan, coworkers in a quaint Budapest shop, clash in person but fall in love via anonymous letters in this charming classic set at Christmastime. Under Lubitsch’s expert direction, the film becomes both an intimate love story and a heartwarming ensemble comedy, as multiple subplots following the lovers’ colleagues, including cantankerous shop owner Frank Morgan and egotistical ladies' man Joseph Schildkraut, are deftly woven into the narrative. A deeply romantic masterpiece based on Miklos Laszlo’s play "Parfumerie" (which also inspired Nora Ephron’s YOU’VE GOT MAIL.)


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