If nothing else, Billy Wilder had a sign on his desk that more or less read WWLD. Wyler was a fan, too.
And seriously: Ninotchka, Trouble in Paradise, To Be or Not to Be, The Shop Around the Corner, Heaven Can Wait...
"To Be or Not to Be" is a great film...but I would pick "The Shop Around the Corner"...one of the most romantic films ever made (imho). (fun fact: It "inspired""In the Good Old Summertime," (Judy Garland MGM musical), and "She Loves Me" (Bock and Harnick broadway musical) both of which are charming in their own right...as well as "You've Got Mail" which is pretty much an insult to the original.)
Now, that you mention it... watch this clip, written by Wylder, staged by Lubitsch, and Garbo's in it. You could make a top 10 funniest lines list out of this 2 minutes of film alone.... oh, crap:
And now I want to go watch some Lubitsch.
To be or not to be would be my pick. I feel this has been brought up before, and most likely I said the same thing then. But, in the parlance of Jesse Pinkman: "Yeah, Lubitsch!"
2BoN2B - the 30 Rock of the 40s. I like that tagline. Although that abbreviation sounds like a 90s pop group.
"You've Got Mail" makes me insane. I can watch trash, exploitation, horror (I think "Antichrist" is pretty funny), but YGM offends me.
TSATG is one of my all times. Henry Morgan, going down the line, just looking for someone to eat with on Christmas... If you were trying to explain it to Kids These Days, you might describe it as "The Office" of its time (and 2BoN2B as "The 30 Rock").
"You've Got Mail" makes me insane. I can watch trash, exploitation, horror, but YGM is offensive.
TSATG is one of my all times. Henry Morgan, going down the line, just looking for someone to eat with on Christmas... Lubitsch's characters are flawed, lovable, desperate, witty... If you were trying to explain it to Kids These Days, you might describe it as "The Office" of its time (and 2BoN2B as "The 30 Rock").
Shocked this hasn't happened already.
FWIW, I'd pick "The Shop Around the Corner" as my Lubitsch representative. I've seen that at least once a year since...years ago. I lost track when. It just feels like one of those timeless holiday-season flicks. Heartfelt and charming, but not totally innocent, keeps a bit of a bite to it.
Also, after looking this up, outta curiosity, it seems "The Shop Around the Corner" was the ONE Lubitsch Hollywood film that flopped during its release. It being a film about charming Central European urban manners, released just as World War II was breaking out, about to destroy all that. For real.
Why is life so cruel?
Also, FWIW, I'm currently reading "The World of Yesterday" by Stefan Zweig. It could be I'm ultra-sensitive to such melancholy and despair at this time, but...all the same. How could "The Shop Around the Corner" possibly fail to find an audience? It's the Lubitschest of all Lubitsch films. And probably also the easiest for a new, modern audience to approach and love, it clearly having a lot in common with (even inspiring??? - and I don't mean just "You Got Mail") so much of the modern romantic comedy formula.
I second that. My favorite would be To Be Or Not To Be.