HOLLYWOOD BERLIN: To Be Or Not To Be
A Polish theatrical troupe becomes embroiled in complex political machinations following Hitler’s invasion of Poland in Ernst Lubitsch’s controversial anti-Nazi political satire.
Starring Carole Lombard, Jack Benny, Felix Bressart, and Robert Stack, To Be or Not to Be was released to ambivalent reviews after Lombard’s tragic and unexpected death. Since then, the film has been re-evaluated, and is today celebrated as one of the most subtle meditations on power, politics, and performance to emerge from Hollywood during the war.
Professor Emily Carman (Film and Media Arts, Chapman University) will join Carsey-Wolf Center Director Patrice Petro for a post-screening discussion.
This event is free but a reservation is recommended in order to guarantee a seat.