TROUBLE IN PARADISE (Ernst Lubitsch, 1932)

“Beginnings are always difficult.” Think of Venice as a modern Eden—except that Ernst Lubitsch sullies the image of gleaming canals at night by showing the collection of garbage by gondola. The garbage collector, a jolly sort, sings an aria—to distract himself from the stench.      In Trouble in Paradise, master thief Gaston Monesque falls for Lily […]