The Oyster Princess

Ernst Lubitsch’s first feature-length comedy (1919), about an American millionaire trying to acquire a noble title for his daughter by marrying her off to a Prussian prince, is an unalloyed delight–a perfect rejoinder to those critics who maintain that Lubitsch only found “the Lubitsch touch” after he moved to Hollywood in the 1920s. The satire is sharp, and the visual settings are sumptuous and gracefully handled; with Ossi Owalda, Harry Liedtke, and Victor Janson. (Film Center, Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson, Saturday, February 8, 8:30, 443-3737)

Published on 07 Feb 1992 in Featured Texts, by jrosenbaum

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Die Puppe

An early masterpiece by Ernst Lubitscha hilarious farce introduced by Lubitsch himself, who appears as stage manager with a miniature of the opening set. The plot involves a spoiled young man persuaded to marry a life-size doll by greedy monks who want his fortune; things get a lot more interesting once the doll maker’s beautiful daughter starts impersonating the mechanical bride. With Ossi Oswalda and Victor Janson; not to be missed (1919). (JR)

Published on 01 Feb 1992 in Featured Texts, by admin

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The Oyster Princess

Ernst Lubitsch’s first feature-length comedy (1919), about an American millionaire trying to acquire a noble title for his daughter by marrying her off to a Prussian prince, is an unalloyed delighta perfect rejoinder to those critics who maintain that the director only found the Lubitsch touch after moving to Hollywood in the 1920s. The satire is sharp, and the visual settings are sumptuous and gracefully handled. With Ossi Owalda, Harry Liedtke, and Victor Janson. 60 min. (JR)

Published on 01 Feb 1992 in Featured Texts, by admin

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