Cluny Brown 1946
Producer-director Ernst Lubitsch’s last completed film is the 1946 sophisticated romantic comedy Cluny Brown, set in pre-World War Two England, getting its laughs out of satirising the smugness of British high society.

Jennifer Jones stars as young plumber’s niece Cluny Brown who shocks the upper-class British by not following all the protocol and rules, and by refusing to learn her place.
She has a fascination with plumbing and pipes, which gets her into trouble, as it is not ladylike, and her uncle decides to send her into domestic service as a servant at an English country estate.
But there she meets Czech refugee author Adam Belinski (Charles Boyer), who finds her spontaneity intoxicatingly refreshing. Belinski soon falls in love with Cluny and tries to keep her from marrying a dull shopkeeper named Jonathan Wilson (Richard Haydn).

Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Cast: Charles Boyer, Jennifer Jones, Peter Lawford, Helen Walker, Reginald Gardiner, Reginald Owen, C. Aubrey Smith, Richard Haydn, Margaret Bannerman, Sara Allgood
Country: United States
Genre: Comedy, Romance, War

BD50, DVD9 | 1080p AVC, NTSC 4:3 | 01:40:40 | 40 Gb + 6.97 Gb
Language: English
Subtitles: English


Screen Director's Playhouse - presented here is an archival episode of Screen Director's Playhosue featuring a broadcast adaptation of Cluny Brown with stars Dorothy McGuire and Charles Boyer. The episode was broadcast in 1950. In English, not subtitled. (60 min, 1080p).

Squirrels to the Nuts - in this new video program, critics Molly Haskell and Farran Smith Nehme deconstruct Cluny Brown and discuss the female characters in Ernst Lubitsch's body of work. The program was produced for Criterion in 2019. In English, not subtitled. (17 min, 1080p).

The Lubitsch Touch - in this archival program, critic Bernard Eisenschitz discusses the evolution of Ernst Lubitsch's career. The program was created for Allerton Films in 2004. In French, with optional English subtitles. (15 min, 1080i).

Kristin Thompson - this brand new video essay was created by film scholar Kristin Thompson, author of Herr Lubitsch Goes to Hollywood. In English, not subtitled. (16 min, 1080p).