Though Wilder considered Leisen a Lubitsch rip-off, the film has an air of “low-class” elegance that’s a far cry from Lubitsch’s steady sophistication. Tibor and Eve are members of the underclass, and their aristocratic counterparts serve only to bring them together. It also contains Wilder’s signature psychologizing; Tibor is, unexpectedly, a fan of Freud. Perhaps it’s not a Lubitsch or a Wilder film outright, but it’s something in between that’s just as satisfying.
July 24, 2015