The last film with the fabled "Lubitsch touch" contains moments of satire that raise it to classic status, as Lubitsch, Hoffenstein and Reinhardt take shots at upper-class England with deadly aim. Otherwise it's a bubble-light (and slightly flat) comedy-romance, set in pre-WWII England,
which pairs Czech writer-refugee Boyer with plumber's daughter Jones, the maid at the genteel country manor where he is staying. Boyer's hosts know vaguely that something is happening in Europe and it concerns some Austrian but that's as far as their immediate knowledge goes. Theirs is a life of
gardening, garden parties, tea, and weed-killers until Jones and Boyer upset the apple c...