Bluebeard's Eighth Wife

MIDNIGHT Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche BLUEBEARD’S EIGHTH WIFE Claudette Colbert, Gary Cooper (1939/1938, MCA/Universal, B&W, unrated, $14.98 each) Just when you think there can’t be any more hidden treasures left in Hollywood’s vaults, along comes the first video release of these two winning comedies. Both have clever scripts cowritten by Billy Wilder that skewer social and sexual conventions in refreshing and unexpected ways. In Midnight, Colbert, as a penniless American showgirl stranded in Paris, masquerades as a Hungarian countess. Director Ernst Lubitsch fills the slightly slower Wife with wonderfully subtle, witty touches as down-on-her-luck blue blood Colbert battles with tycoon Cooper to prove that bedding a wife is more than just another business deal. Indeed, its gender perceptions are almost more ’90s than ’30s. Midnight: A- Wife: B+

Bluebeard's Eighth Wife
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