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To be or not to be [videorecording (DVD)]
Physical Description:
2 videodiscs (99 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (23 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm).
General Note (Repeatable):
Full screen (1.37:1). Originally produced as a motion picture in 1942. Special features: Disc 1: Audio commentary featuring film historian David Kalat. Disc 2: Pinkus's shoe palace (1916 film starring Ernst Lubitsch as a slapstick Jewish sterotype); Lubitsch le patron (a 2010 French documentary written by film scholar N.T. Binh and directed by Jean-Jacques Bernard, traces the career of filmmaker Ernst Lubitsch); The Screen Guild Theater (two episodes of the radio anthology series: Variety (1940) and To Be or Not to Be (1943)). Booklet features an essay by critic Geoffrey O'Brien and a 1942 New York Times op-ed by Lubitsch.
"As nervy as it is hilarious, a masterpiece from Ernst Lubitsch, 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."--Container.

During the Nazi occupation of Poland, an acting troupe becomes embroiled in a Polish soldier's efforts to track down a German spy.
System Details Note:
DVD; NTSC; Region 1; PCM mono.
Video disc
Production, Publication, Distribution, Manufacture, and Copyright Notice:
[New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2013]