The Shop Around the Corner

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Matinee Classics – tickets from £1.75

Set in a lovingly evoked Budapest in the run-up to Christmas, Lubitsch’s deliciously delicate comedy focuses on the various obstacles blocking the path of potential lovers James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan, fellow workers in a gossip-ridden emporium who are unaware they’re in fact courting one another by mail in an anonymous correspondence.

The director’s fabled ‘touch’, here at its lightest, contributes to what is arguably Hollywood’s most exquisitely romantic depiction of the old central Europe. Perfect seasonal fare.

BBFC rating
U
Year
1940
Running time
98 mins
Country
USA
Format
Disc
Other features
BW
Director
Ernst Lubitsch
Cast
James Stewart, Margaret Sullavan, Frank Morgan

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December 12th

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