Design for Living

Design for Living

A FILM BY: Ernst Lubitsch
WRITTEN BY: Ben Hecht, Noël Coward (Based on the play by)
STARRING: Fredric March, Gary Cooper, Miriam Hopkins

***Saturday, 1/26 11:30am Screening - Free for Music Box Members***

Picked by Kat, Marketing & Publicity Manager

Gary Cooper, Fredric March, and Miriam Hopkins play 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 from a play by Noël Coward and directed by Ernst Lubitsch. A risqué relationship story and a witty take on creative pursuits, the film concerns a commercial artist (Hopkins) unable—or unwilling—to choose between the equally dashing painter (Cooper) and playwright (March) she meets on a train en route to the City of Light. DESIGN FOR LIVING is Lubitsch at his sexiest, an entertainment at once debonair and racy, featuring three stars at the height of their allure.

Kat says: Lubitsch is high among my favorite directors, and I figured this was a great opportunity to see one of his lesser-revived films on the big screen, a subversive (especially for its time) romantic comedy about a love triangle. I especially enjoy anything he made with Miriam Hopkins, my favorite actress from that period.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1933
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 90 mins
Format: 35mm