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Noel Coward's Design for living / a Paramount Picture ; an Ernest Lubitsch production ; director, Ernst Lubitsch.

"A trio of Americans in Paris who enter into a very adult 'gentleman's' agreement, in this continental pre-Code comedy freely adapted by Ben Hecht (Notorious) from a play. A risque relationship comedy and a witty take on creative pursuits, it concerns a commercial artist unable, or unwilling, to choose between the equally dashing painter and playwright she meets on a train en route to the City of Light."

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781604655254
  • ISBN: 1604655259
  • Physical Description: 2 videodiscs (91 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + booklet.
  • Edition: [Standard format], Two-DVD special edition.
  • Publisher: [New York] : Criterion Collection, 2011.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Based on the play by Noël Coward.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1933.
Special features: "The clerk," starring Charles Laughton, director Ernst Lubitsch's segment of the 1932 omnibus film "If I had a million" ; selected-scene commentary by film scholar William Paul ; British television production of the play "Design for living" from 1964, introduced on camera by playwright Noël Coward ; new interview with film scholar and screenwriter Joseph McBride on Lubitsch and screenwriter Ben Hecht's adaptation of the Coward play ; a booklet featuring an essay by film critic Kim Morgan.
Creation/Production Credits Note:
Photography, Victor Milner.
Participant or Performer Note:
Fredric March, Gary Cooper, Miriam Hopkins, Edward Everett Horton, Franklin Pangborn, Isabel Jewll, Jane Darwell.
System Details Note:
DVD; Dolby Digital mono.; region 1, NTSC.
Language Note:
Optional subtitles in English for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Subject: Man-woman relationships > Drama.
Triangles (Interpersonal relations) > Drama.
Americans > France > Drama.
Friendship > Drama.
Coward, Noel, 1899-1973 > Film adaptations.
Genre: Romantic comedy films.
Film adaptations.
Fiction films.
Feature films.
Feature films > United States.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at Berks County. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at RACC.


  • 0 current holds with 1 total copy.
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