Blu-ray, DVD Release: Cluny Brown

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 17, 2019
Price: DVD $21.63, Blu-ray $27.37
Studio: Criterion

The final film completed by Ernst Lubitsch (To Be or Not To Be), this zany, zippy 1946 comedy of manners Cluny Brown, set in England on the cusp of World War II, is one of the worldly-wise director’s most effervescent creations.

Jennifer Jones (Love is a Many-Splendored Thing) shines in a rare comedic turn as Cluny Brown, an irrepressible heroine with a zeal for plumbing. Sent to work as a parlor maid at a stuffy country manor, she proceeds to turn the household upside down-with plenty of help from Adam Belinski (Charles Boyer, The Earrings of Madame de…), an eccentric continental exile who has fled the Nazis but is still worried about where his next meal is coming from.

Sending up British class hierarchy with Lubitsch’s famously light touch, Cluny Brown is a topsy-turvy farce that says nuts to the squirrels and squirrels to the nuts.

Criterion’s new Blu-ray and DVD editions of the film include the following:

* New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* New conversation between film critics Molly Haskell and Farran Smith Nehme on unconventional female characters in Ernst Lubitsch’s films
* New video essay by film scholar Kristin Thompson
* The Lubitsch Touch, an interview with film scholar Bernard Eisenschitz from 2004
* Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1947, featuring Olivia de Havilland and Charles Boyer
* An essay by novelist and essayist Siri Hustvedt


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.