Design for living

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  • A trio of Americans in Paris who enter into a very adult 'gentleman's' agreement, in this continental pre-Code comedy freely adapted by Ben Hecht (Notorious) from a play. A risque relationship comedy and a witty take on creative pursuits, it concerns a commercial artist unable, or unwilling, to choose between the equally dashing painter and playwright she meets on a train en route to the City of Light.


  • Based on the play by Noël Coward.
  • Originally produced as a motion picture in 1933.
  • Special features: Disc 1. "The clerk," starring Charles Laughton, director Ernst Lubitsch's segment of the 1932 omnibus film "If I had a million"; Selected-scene commentary by film scholar William Paul. Disc 2. "Joseph McBride: the screenplay" film historian and screenwriter Joseph McBride discusses Coward, the adaptation, and Hecht's career; "Play of the week: a choice of Coward" British television production of the play "Design for living" from 1964, introduced on camera by playwright Noël Coward. Booklet: "It takes three" essay by film critic Kim Morgan.
  • DVD; region 1, NTSC; full screen (1.33:1) presentation; Dolby Digital mono.
  • Optional subtitles in English for the deaf and hard of hearing.
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