The Shop Around the Corner
Ernst Lubitsch's charming, breezy romantic comedies were witty, sophisticated and brilliantly paced. The Shop Around the Corner, from 1940, is among his finest.
James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan co-star as retail assistants in a Budapest shop (well, a studio-set Budapest, shot at MGM's Hollywood studios) who don't realise they are each other's secret, smitten, pen pal.
Writer/director Nora Ephron (Julie & Julia) revisited the Miklós László play - which also inspired Lubitsch's film - for her 1998 remake, You've Got Mail.
"One of Ernst Lubitsch's finest and most enduring works. A romantic comedy of dazzling range." - Chicago Reader