Thanks to Minneapolis’ Oak Street Cinema, which used to show it each holiday, The Shop Around the Corner became a favorite holiday movie for me. It’s a sharp romantic comedy starring Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan, directed by Ernst Lubitsch, who claimed it was the best movie he ever made. It’s infused with hallmarks of his style, such as sophistication, style, and sexy (but not sexual) humor–these were part of what became known as “the Lubitsch touch.”
Stewart and Sullavan are bickering co-workers at a small shop in Budapest. Each is in love with the idea of love, and so is blind to it when it actually appears. Stewart is cute and charming, and the movie builds to a conclusion I couldn’t help but smile at. This movie lifts the spirits. See it if you haven’t, yet.
Later remade as You’ve Got Mail, which I’ve deliberately left unseen. Why remake something so fabulous?