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THE LUBITSCH TOUCH
With the Fall 2023 Filmbar series, we present a selection of silent films directed by Ernst Lubitsch, who once claimed that at least “twice a day the most dignified human being is ridiculous.” A contemporary of Max Beckmann – the focus of the Neue Galerie’s special exhibition this season – Lubitsch’s comedies offer an intelligently ironic lens on their time. According to Billy Wilder, no one was ever able to replicate the Lubitsch Touch, a phrase that is used to describe the director’s unique style
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I DON’T WANT TO BE A MAN
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. 1918. Silent film. 45 min.
Tired of being bossed around by her strict guardian, teenage tomboy Ossi decides to impersonate a man so she can have more fun. However, she soon discovers that being the opposite sex isn't as easy as she had hoped for. What ensues is a gender-bending comedy decades ahead of its time.
Friday, October 27, 6 P.M.
THE OYSTER PRINCESS
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. 1919. Silent film. 60 min.
Spoiled Ossi Quaker is daughter to a millionaire and heiress to his oyster fortune. But she wants more — namely, a husband who is a real-life prince. Eager to please his Ossi, her father sends for royalty in the form of the poor Prince Nucki. Nucki is wary, though, so he makes his friend Josef visit the Quakers' to check things out. But Josef has his own plans, and he decides to introduce himself as Prince Nucki.
Friday, November 10, 6 P.M.
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. 1919. Silent film. 66 min
Loosely based on the E.T.A. Hoffmann story “The Sandman,” The Doll tells of the misadventures of an effete young man who must get married in order to inherit a fortune. To trick his uncle, he opts to purchase a remarkably lifelike mechanical doll to marry instead. While working on the doll, the doll maker’s assistant accidentally breaks the toy and the puppet maker’s daughter steps in.
Friday, December 8, 6 P.M.
THE WILD CAT
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. 1921. Silent film. 79 min.
Transferred to a remote post, a rankish playboy Lieutenant is tasked with capturing the head of a gang of bandits. Instead, he tracks even more dangerous prey as he falls for the chieftain’s daughter, “Mountain Cat.” Boasting expressionistic set design and outlandish costuming, this satirical fantasy from pre-Hollywood Lubitsch features his famous “touch” on full display.
Friday, December 15, 6 P.M.
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. 1920. Silent film. 64 min.
Bavarian innkeeper Matthias Kohlhiesel has two daughters whose temperaments could not be more different. Whereas Gretl is attractive, good-natured and cheerful, her sister Liesel is dowdy, irritable and moody. Peter Xaver is in love with Gretl but her father will not allow her to marry until Liesel has been taken off his hands. Peter’s quick-thinking friend Paul comes up with the perfect solution. Peter will first marry Liesel, knowing that she will soon want to divorce him, and he can then marry her sister. The seemingly foolproof plan goes awry when Paul falls in love with Gretl.
Friday, January 12, 6 P.M.