maandag 25 januari 2016

100 Movie Challenge 2016 - # 14: The Shop Around the Corner

Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Genre: Comedy/ Drama/ Romance
Runtime: 99 minutes
Year: 1940
Starring: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan, Joseph Schildkraut, Sara Haden, Felix Bressart, William Tracy, Inez Courtney

Description: Two employees (Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart) at a gift shop can barely stand one another, without realizing that they're falling in love through the post as each other's anonymous pen pal.

Review: “The Shop Around the Corner” was the inspiration for the Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks movie “You’ve Got Mail”, where Ryan’s character works in a store called The Shop Around the Corner. Here it’s modernized and the two lead characters correspond through e-mail. In “The Shop Around the Corner” they send each other good old snail mail.
Klara and Alfred work in a shop in Budapest. They bicker a lot, can’t really stand each other. But they don’t know that they are pen pals.
The movie has some sharp dialogues and great characters. Like the grumpy store owner and one of the employees that runs away every time the boss asks someone for his honest opinion. Almost the entire film is set in the store. James Stewart is charming as ever and it’s a pretty fun film classic.

Rating: 3,5/ 5

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