1940, Warner Bros., 99 min, USA, Dir: Ernst Lubitsch

James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan, coworkers in a quaint Budapest shop, clash in person but fall in love via anonymous letters in this charming classic set at Christmastime. Under Lubitsch’s expert direction, the film becomes both an intimate love story and a heartwarming ensemble comedy, as multiple subplots following the lovers’ colleagues, including cantankerous shop owner Frank Morgan and egotistical ladies' man Joseph Schildkraut, are deftly woven into the narrative. A deeply romantic masterpiece based on Miklos Laszlo’s play "Parfumerie" (which also inspired Nora Ephron’s YOU’VE GOT MAIL.)

1935, Universal, 98 min, USA, Dir: William Wyler

Before he became one of the world’s greatest comedy directors, Preston Sturges scripted this gem about a well-meaning but naïve cinema usherette (Margaret Sullavan) who inadvertently spreads chaos. Adapted from Ferenc Molnar’s farce, the comedy follows Sullavan as she juggles men including Herbert Marshall and Frank Morgan, piling up comic misunderstandings along the way.

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