No Time For Flowers

  • 1952
  • 1 HR 23 MIN
  • NR
  • Comedy

NINOTCHKA was a wonderful romantic comedy about a Soviet agent who discovers that love and Party standards don't mesh very well. NO TIME FOR FLOWERS is essentially the same story without any of the wit, style, or Garbo. Made during the Cold War, this is an obvious attempt to show how "superior" the West's capitalistic ways were to those behind the Iron...read more

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NINOTCHKA was a wonderful romantic comedy about a Soviet agent who discovers that love and Party standards don't mesh very well. NO TIME FOR FLOWERS is essentially the same story without any of the wit, style, or Garbo. Made during the Cold War, this is an obvious attempt to show how

"superior" the West's capitalistic ways were to those behind the Iron Curtain. Lindfors has the Garbo role, playing a Czechoslovakian communist who is secretary to government official Christian. He's just returned from the US and is assigned to see if Lindfors can resist the temptations of the

West. At first she is shocked by her employer's "traitorous" behavior when he offers her cosmetics and an evening gown. But gradually he wears her down (with the help of such torture devices as bubble bath, champagne, and nylons!), and she decides that the West is for her. The whole scheme

backfires, though, because Christian has fallen in love with Lindfors, and they decide to defect. They run off and embrace in the safety of Austria's US zone. The sudden switch from comedy to drama is unnatural and simply does not work. The view of life behind the Iron Curtain is heavily slanted,

which is no surprise considering the political climate of the day. The US State Department and armed forces cooperated in making this film (shot in occupied Austria), which no doubt influenced the anticommunist message. The situations are standard and the characters are the worst sort of

stereotypes imaginable. A good number of German actors make up the supporting cast, presumably because of their heavy accents. The direction is plodding, with no feel for the material, and the acting doesn't help much.

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