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With: Lucille Ball, Marlene Dietrich, Ava Gardner, Jeanette MacDonald, Margaret Sullavan, James Mason, Maurice Chevalier, Emil Jannings, Boris Karloff, George Sanders, Herbert Marshall
Written by: Albert Lewin, Preston Sturges, etc.
Directed by: Albert Lewin, Rouben Mamoulian, Douglas Sirk, Josef von Sternberg, William Wyler
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 500
Date: 03/19/2013

Glamour Girls Box Set (2006)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

'Girls' Just Wanna Have Fun

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

After their recent film noir set, Kino has re-packaged five more films in new slender boxes and assembled the "Glamour Girls" set. The most significant of the five is Josef von Sternberg's The Blue Angel (1930), starring Marlene Dietrich. But Kino's previously-issued two-disc set, featuring both the English and German language versions, is the one to have; the set only includes the English language version. After that, Rouben Mamoulian's Love Me Tonight (1932), starring Jeanette MacDonald,is a must-see. Some critics have called it an Ernst Lubitsch knockoff --it's a musical starring Maurice Chevalier -- but it has charms of itsown, and it has been one of Kino's most celebrated DVD titles. LucilleBall stars in Douglas Sirk's Lured (1947), a kind of film noir madebefore Sirk turned to color and established his famous melodramaticstyle. Margaret Sullavan stars in her husband William Wyler's The GoodFairy (1935), a screwball comedy crafted specifically for her, even ifWyler lacked the grace and speed of a Lubitsch or a Hawks. And finally,the extraordinary Ava Gardner stars in Albert Lewin's lengthyTechnicolor romance Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951), thoughHeaven knows it's worth sitting through just about anything to gaze ather amazing mug.

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