The final film completed by Ernst Lubitsch, this zany, zippy comedy of manners, set in England on the cusp of World War II, is one of the worldly-wise directorâs most effervescent creations. Jennifer Jones shines in a rare comedic turn as Cluny Brown, an irrepressible heroine with a zeal for plumbing. Sent to work as a parlormaid at a stuffy country manor, she proceeds to turn the household upside downâwith plenty of help from Adam Belinski (Charles Boyer), 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 Lubitschâs famously light touch, Cluny Brown
is a topsy-turvy farce that says nuts to the squirrels and squirrels to the nuts.
- New conversation between film critics Molly Haskell and Farran Smith Nehme on unconventional female characters in Ernst Lubitschâs 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