Criterion Critics

Cluny Brown (1946)

Episode #24

Twentieth Century Fox released Cluny Brown on June 2, 1946. Ernst Lubitsch directed the film starring Charles Boyer, Jennifer Jones, and Peter Lawford.

‘Cluny Brown’ Criterion Summary

Cluny Brown takes place in 1938 England on the verge of a new war. Czech Professor Adam Belinski escapes his homeland and Hitler’s persecution for the safety in England. Cluny Brown is free-spirited orphan niece of a plumber who is secretly learning her uncle’s trade. Adam and Cluny have a chance meeting at the London apartment of Hilary Ames who’s sink is clogged. Cluny’s uncle doesn’t know she’s there to fix the plumbing, but when he finds her, he angrily sends her off to be a servant at Friars Carmel Manor in the English countryside. It’s there that Cluny meets Adam again when he arrives there as a guest at the manor. Belinski quickly falls in love with Cluny, and tries to keep her from marrying a dull shopkeeper named Mr. Wilson.

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3 years ago

It was sort of weird to hear Bobby complain that Criterion releases too much obscure stuff and then go off on a tangent later on female representation etc. One of the ‘obscure” releases in August was the complete work of Agnes Varda, who would probably win a critics/directors pol(ala Sight & Sound) on the best female director of all time(I haven’t seen many off her films, but I read a lot on film, listen to a lot of podcasts etc enough to know how highly regarded she is. This release is probably more exciting to the avid Criterion collector than if they released the complete work of Spielberg or Scorsese! I never think something is ‘obscure’ just because I’ve never heard of it, and I’ve seen a lot of films. Enough to know that there is a lot I still haven’t seen)
You should check out the “Closet picks” on criterion’s youtube channel(where they let critics, directors, actors, and other celebs grab whatever they want , they sure seem to love a lot of obscure stuff:)

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