Design for Living
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Design for Living was based on the stage comedy by Noel Coward, though little of his dialogue actually made it to the screen. Playwright Fredric March and artist Gary Cooper both fall in love with Miriam Hopkins, an American living in Paris. Both men love the girl, and the girl can't make up her mind between the two men, so the threesome decide to move in together--strictly platonically, of course. As the men gain in success and prominence, the chasteness of the "menage a trois" begins to be threatened, and soon both March and Cooper clash over Hopkins. She reacts by marrying her… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The script galumphs when it should glide."
‑ , Time Out
"It isn't [Lubitsch's] fleetest work, or most sustained, but it has moments of unbridled genius."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"beneath the sublime surface of Lubitsch's best films beats a human heart full of recognizable desires, fears, flaws, and longings, which is precisely what sets his work apart from its sleazier, more mundane counterparts"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"For Lubitsch, the film would mark the end of his most creative period at Paramount (1929-1933) -- and a fine final bow it is."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Well, maybe it is a little lumpy for Lubitsch, but I think the film more than holds its own."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The dialogue is sharp without seeming too impeccably perfect to be real human speech."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"A daring movie that satirizes sexual mores and heaps irony upon irony. If Hollywood tried to remake this movie today, they would probably take the ménage à trois set-up and strip away all the depth."
‑ Eric Melin,
"Welcome to bohemia!"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The "Lubitsch Touch," indeed: edged and between the ribs before you know it's being brandished."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Even when Lubitsch filmed a play by Noel Coward, he still made it his own. Design for Living doesn't feel like a celebrated play; it feels like a Lubitsch movie."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"An elegant romantic farce that seems heavy-handed when it's meant to be lighthearted."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A química entre o trio principal é ótima, mas o roteiro, livremente adaptado a partir de uma peça de Noel Coward, jamais aproveita o potencial de seus personagens."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
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