He was a very funny little man. He would squat on a ladder like a frog, watching you go through a funny routine, and he’d laugh so much he’d fall off. Then he’d get up again and we’d go through the whole thing again with him still dying laughing — but giving a little advice here and there. By the tenth or twelfth take you realised that you were far from your original interpretation — you were playing pure Lubitsch.
-David Niven, about director Ernst Lubitsch
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