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To Be Or Not To Be: The Criterion Collection

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To Be Or Not To Be: The Criterion Collection

As nervy as it is hilarious, this screwball masterpiece from Ernst Lubitsch stars Jack Benny and, in her final screen appearance, Carole Lombard as husband-and-wife thespians in Nazi-occupied Warsaw who become caught up in a dangerous spy plot. To Be or Not to Be is a Hollywood film of the boldest black humor, which went into production soon after the U.S. entered World War II. Lubitsch manages to brilliantly balance political satire, romance, slapstick, and urgent wartime suspense in a comic high-wire act that has never been equaled.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added May 17 2013
  • Production Year 1942
  • Empire SKU 1656012
  • UPC Code 715515109017
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 2
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


New Audio Commentary Featuring Film Historian David Kalat
Pinkus's Shoe Palace, A 1916 German Silent Short Directed By And Starring Ernst Lubitsch, With A New Piano Score By Donald Sosin
Lubitsch Le Patron, A 2010 French Documentary On The Director's Career
Two Episodes Of The Screen Guild Theater, A Radio Anthology Series: Variety (1940), Starring Jack Benny, Caludette Colbert, And Lubitsch, And To Be Or Not To Be (1942), An Adaptation Of The Film, Starring William Powell, Diana Lewis, And Sig Ruman
Booklet Featuring An Essay By Critic Geoffrey O'Brien And A 1942 New York Times Op-Ed By Lubitsch


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.37:1 B&W

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