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Ernst Lubitsch's Comedic, Elegant Early Operettas

The introduction of sound to movies left audiences hungry for "talkies" and paved the way for the comedic operettas of German-born Jewish film director Ernst Lubitsch.

Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews Lubitsch Musicals: Eclipse From the Criterion Collection, a new DVD featuring Lubitsch's bawdy, elegant early works, including the films One Hour With You, Monte Carlo, The Smiling Lieutenant and The Merry Widow.

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Lloyd Schwartz is the classical music critic for NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross.