Design for Living
Design for Living (1933)

In this film, based on the stage comedy by Noel Coward, playwright Fredric March and artist Gary Cooper both fall in love with Miriam Hopkins, an American living in Paris. The girl can't make up her mind between the two men, so the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 29, 1933
DVD Release Date: May 31, 2005
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Time Out

The script galumphs when it should glide.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

It isn't [Lubitsch's] fleetest work, or most sustained, but it has moments of unbridled genius.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

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

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Well, maybe it is a little lumpy for Lubitsch, but I think the film more than holds its own.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

The dialogue is sharp without seeming too impeccably perfect to be real human speech.

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Eric Melin

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.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

The "Lubitsch Touch," indeed: edged and between the ribs before you know it's being brandished.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An elegant romantic farce that seems heavy-handed when it's meant to be lighthearted.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Noel Coward's subversive (and persistent) dream longing for the halycon days of the court of Caligula's nightly entertainment is toned down slightly… More
Chris Browning
"Design for Living" since It's inception has been dubbed a critical failure due to the time and Ernst Lubitsch changing all the original… More
Stella Dallas
the risque lubitsch comedy was originally a controversial noel coward play about a bohemian menage a trois. fearing that film audiences weren't as… More
rocko perkovich
Movies like that if it were made today would have a lot of stupid music and too many shots of the city surrounding the characters of the film you know? They all… More
Ken Stachnik
Very interesting, very funny and very racy comedy is about the creatively beneficial but sexless menage a toi between March, Cooper and Hopkins. My least… More