- Rated: Not Rated
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 39 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: March 1, 2005
- Originally Released: 1942
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
USA Today - 03/18/2005
"[D]irector Ernst Lubitsch's classic original gave Jack Benny his one great movie role..."
Los Angeles Times - 03/27/2005
"[A] daring, acerbic 1942 satire..."
Premiere - 08/01/2006
"Ernst Lubitsch's picture is remarkably graceful, humane, and sidesplitting."
Description by OLDIES.com:
The world is on the brink of war but the show must go on. So Joseph Tura, the Polish actor who put the ham in Hamlet,
stares beyond the footlights and says: "To Be or Not to Be..."
That is the question, as well as the classic in which director Ernst Lubitsch, whose witty "Lubitsch touch" had stylishly lampooned sex and wealth, now took on a new target: Nazism. The story centers on a Warsaw theatrical troupe that outwits Nazi occupiers by playing the roles of (and for) their lives. Jack Benny stars as Tura, underplaying hilariously. In her final role, Carole Lombard is zany and radiant as his alluring wife. Typical of Lubitsch, a gem-sprinkled ensemble has opportunities to shine. No question: watching this To Be is to be gloriously entertained!
A classic black comedy set in wartime Poland which deals with the members of an acting troupe who inadvertently become involved in the war effort. Academy Award Nominations: Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedic Picture.
- TO BE OR NOT TO BE was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1996.
- The film was remade in 1983 by Mel Brooks.