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Romantic sparks fly along with plenty of laughs in The Merry Widow

Posted on: September 6, 2010

Before Maurice Chevalier made “Gigi” as an aging Romeo, he was a young sexy Romeo and your grandmother probably had a crush on him.  When he was paired with the lovely Jeanette MacDonald in “The Merry Widow” sparks flew over the 1934 night sky.

The Murphy Library is showing the 1934 version of “The Merry Widow” Thursday at 6 p.m.  It is based on Franz Lehar’s operetta of the same name.  A very wealthy widow leaves a small country for Paris and her country worries she will marry a non-countryman, and maybe take all her money with her – out of their country.   They send a handsome playboy to woo her back.

The secret ingredient in this funny film is director Ernst Lubitsch.  The German-born filmmaker found a home in Hollywood in the 1930’s and 40’s.  He had a wicked sense of visual humor and added enormously to each film he made.  It’s called “the Lubitsch touch” and will make you laugh out loud.

The film is not rated.   Call 837-2417.

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