Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Original Release: 1932
Choice: My Wife's
My Overall Rating: 4 stars out of 5
One thing I've been noticing a lot in older films is the use of miniatures, especially in town- and cityscapes. It makes sense. The film industry of the 1930s and '40s probably didn't have big helicopter budgets. Building panoramas was undoubtedly cheaper and easier. George Lucas gets lots of credit for the use of miniatures in Star Wars but it's good to be reminded that he was hardly the first.
I was also interested to learn of this movie's influence on Wes Anderson's work. Both Anderson and Ralph Feinnes have both mentioned it as an inspiration for Grand Budapest Hotel, a film that's getting a lot of love in the Mock Squid Soup film society these days.