Cluny Brown

I wrote a capsule review of Ernst Lubitsch’s Cluny Brown, the final film he completed before he died (his last film was completed by Otto Preminger), for The Seattle Weekly. It’s my first review in the Weekly in two years and my first piece in actual ink-and-newsprint in more than a year. I can only link you to the web edition, however.

In the (probably apocryphal) story of the funeral of Ernst Lubitsch, director William Wyler leaves the gravesite with the remark “Well, no more Lubitsch.” Billy Wilder replies, “Worse than that. No more Lubitsch movies!” It’s hard not to sympathize. Cluny Brown, his final completed film, may have a lightweight screenplay, but the master of sophisticated comedy and continental wit makes it sing.

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Author: seanax

I write the weekly newspaper column Stream On Demand and the companion website ( I'm a contributing writer for Turner Classic Movies Online, Keyframe, Independent Lens, and Cinephiled, and the editor of Parallax View ( I've written for The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Seattle Weekly,, Senses of Cinema, Asian Cult Cinema, and Psychotronic Video, among other publications, and I am a contributing editor to Parallax View. I currently live and work in Seattle, Washington, with my two cats, Hammet and Chandler.

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