Design For Living: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1933) / Region A
Design For Living: The Criterion Collection

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Design For Living: The Criterion Collection

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.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Sep 16 2011
  • Production Year 1933
  • Empire SKU 1587879
  • UPC Code 715515089913
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Custom
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


The Clerk, starring Charles Laughton, director Ernst Lubitsch's segment of the 1932 omnibus film If I Had A Million
Selected-scene commentary by the film scholar William Paul
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 Lubitsch and screenwriter Ben Hecht's adaptation of the Coward play
Booklet featuring an essay by film critic Kim Morgan


  • Audio
    English PCM Mono
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 B&W

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