Academy and Garbo Share a Laugh in Hollywood’s Greatest Year

Beverly Hills, CA (July 6, 2009) — The 1939 Best Picture nominee “Ninotchka” will be screened as the next feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ series "Hollywood’s Greatest Year: The Best Picture Nominees of 1939” on Monday, July 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Pre-show elements, which begin at 7 p.m., include the ninth chapter of the 1939 serial “Buck Rogers," starring Buster Crabbe and Constance Moore, and the animated short “The Autograph Hound, ” featuring Donald Duck.

“Garbo Laughs” was the ad line for Ernst Lubitsch’s playfully satirical romantic comedy, which starred Greta Garbo as a frosty Russian warmed up by French charmer Melvyn Douglas during a visit to Paris. “Ninotchka” received four Academy Award® nominations: Best Picture (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer), Actress (Garbo), Writing (Original Story) – Melchior Lengyel and Writing – Screenplay (Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, Walter Reisch).

Tickets for “Ninotchka” and other individual films in the series are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets may be purchased online at, by mail, in person at the Academy during regular business hours or, depending on availability, on the night of the screening when the doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Curtain time for all features is 7:30 p.m., and pre-show elements will begin at 7 p.m. The Academy is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 247-3600. For the latest updates on guests, cartoons, and other films in the series, visit

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Tarrah Curtis
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