They Shot Pictures Episode #01: Ernst Lubitsch

Welcome to the debut episode of They Shot Picturesa podcast dedicated to exploring the filmographies of older, relatively under seen and somewhat obscure directors. Each episode we pick a director and watch and discuss 2-3 of his/her films. The goal here is to jointly revisit some of our most beloved directors as well as discover some new favorites.

In this episode, we discuss three films by Ernst Lubitsch. We start with one of his early silent romantic comedies from 1919, The DollWe then move on to what is arguably the most intensely dramatic of his films, Broken Lullaby and conclude with his sexy, risqué Hollywood rom-com, Design for Living.

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By Seema

Seema grew up in Bombay raised by a slapstick comedy aficionado (think Chaplin & Jerry Lewis) Dad and a mom who loves art house Malayalam cinema. These combined with a healthy dose of Bollywood melodramas on TV and an early fascination with [i]Pulp Fiction[/i] and [i]Rushmore[/i] cemented her ongoing obsession with films that continues to this day. Some of her favorite films include [i]Charulata[/i]. [i]A Brighter Summer Day[/i] and Vendredi Soir. Besides They Shot Pictures, Seema also co-hosts a podcast on world cinema called Cinema on the Road.

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