Fifth about The Seventh

Design for Living

Design for Living: Ernst Lubitsch displays his well-known sophistication, elegance and smoothness in this quite modern, almost scandalous story of a love triangle within a relationship quadrilateral; it has some fine dialogue and very likable characters, but there is a spark missing that is hard to put a finger on. It’s certainly not the fault of the cast: Miriam Hopkins is very lovely and projects intelligence and sensibility (but has a knack for some stiff grand gestures); Fredric March is smooth and charming, while Gary Cooper is rough and equally charming; at last, Edward Everett Horton is grand in a kind of role he dominates.

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