My 150 Favorite Movies - #28
"Garbo laughs!" was the tagline for this movie classic, originally released in that stellar year for all motion pictures, 1939. Melvyn Douglas served as the perfect foil for Greta Garbo's charm in this tale of a staunch Russian communist who melts under the charms of a dapper Parisian. With a screenplay by the combustible team of Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder, and direction helmed by the late, great Ernst Lubitsch, this movie has genius in it's DNA, and never fails to provoke a genuine emotional response in scene after memorable scene. Selected by the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1990.