León: "Ninotchka, do you like me just a little bit?"
Ninotchka: "Your general appearance is not distasteful."
León: "For mankind, not a thing. For womankind, the record is not so bleak."
Here's where the Wilder touch comes in. This seemingly innocent and throw-away dialogue gets me every time.
Ninotchka: "I was a sergeant in the Third Calvary Brigade. Would you like to see my wound?"
León: "I'd love to!"
At college, in my foreign literature classes, I learned that "wound" was old European slang for...vagina. That line must have rocked when Ninotchka played overseas. Only Wilder could get away with that kind of thing in the days of the Hollywood production codes. Just like in The Major and the Minor with all those horny teen cadets thinking Ginger Rogers is a teen girl and trying to make out with her by a huge phallic symbol of a cannon. Just like all of Some Like It Hot. I love Lubitsch. I love Wilder. I love Ninotchka.