in about 100 words or less
US 110m, B&W
Director: Ernst Lubitsch; Cast: Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas, Ina Claire, Sig Ruman, Felix Bressart, Alexander Granach, Bela Lugosi
Ahead of its time, Ninotchka is a comedic pre-Cold War film in which Garbo and company poke fun at the communists under Stalin. Though a love story first, the film provides a lighthearted commentary on socialism. As a special envoy to America to investigate delays in the sale of state confiscated jewelry, a stalwart comrade named Ninotchka Yakushova (Garbo) falls in love and is subsequently corrupted by capitalism. The well written script provides Garbo with some very witty dialogue as she backhandedly describes the supremacy of the Soviet Union, before surrendering to the temptations of western life (Klaus Ming January 2013).