Daring Film to Screen in February

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Join Vine Street at the Movies for another classic film from Ernst Lubitsch: To Be or Not to Be. Jim Carls will host this fun and free event on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Bride’s Room.

In the film, actors in a theater troupe match wits with Nazis and a hidden spy in the midst of occupied Poland. Paired with Carol Lombard, this is Jack Benny’s most famous picture, a dark comedy made just a year after the U.S. entered World War II.

New Yorker writer Richard Brody says,  “As mild as the Hollywood response to the Third Reich may have been in the days and years before the Second World War, two movies stand out for their uninhibited comic ferocity: Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator and Ernst Lubitsch’s To Be or Not to Be….” (Note: This film is not rated.)