To Be Or Not To Be

Ernst Lubitsch’s screwball satire of WWII & the Nazis, released in 1942.

NR, 99 minutes

This screening is part of: CINEMA JUDAICA II

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. (1942, Ernst Lubitsch, US, 99 min, NR)

CINEMA JUDAICA II is presented by the Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation and supported by the Dr. Samuel and Sadie Small Fund for Jewish Arts and Culture of the CU Jewish Endowment Foundation.

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