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The Oyster Princess /  I Don't Want to Be a Man

The Oyster Princess / I Don't Want to Be a Man

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Fans of the legendary director Ernst Lubitsch have often spoken of the "Lubitsch touch," that hard-to-define quality that is present throughout his work and that makes his best films, from the Marriage Circle (1924) to to Be or Not to Be (1942), masterpieces of sophisticated comedy. But as these two early and very rare films make clear, the Lubitsch touch was present almost from the beginning. In the Oyster Princess (1919), a pampered American oyster tycoon decides to find a prince to marry his daughter, but things don't go quite as planned. Along the way, there are mishaps, misunderstandings and a foxtrot sequence that must be seen to be believed. In I Don't Want to Be a Man (1918), a teenaged tomboy, tired of being bossed around by her strict guardian, impersonates a man so she can have more fun, but discovers that being the opposite sex isn't as easy as she had hoped. What ensues is a gender-bending comedy that was decades ahead of it's time. Each film is, in it's own unique way, pure Lubitsch and a true classic of absurdist comedy. Both films were made in Germany before Lubitsch emigrated to the U.S., and both star Ossi Oswalda, a gifted comedic actress who headlined several other silent films for Lubitsch, notably the Doll (1919). But the real star is the director and his unmatched ability to turn even the simplest of acts, from reading the newspaper to getting fitted for a tuxedo, into brilliant bits of deliciously subversive comedy.

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    Title: The Oyster Princess / I Don't Want to Be a Man
    Genre: Drama-Classics (Silent Films), Comedy Video
    Starring: Curt Goetz, Victor Janson, Harry Liedtke, Ossi Oswalda
    Director: Ernst Lubitsch
    Attributes: Full Frame, Black & White, Silent Movie
    Release Date: 12/5/2006
    Original Year: 1920
    Product Type: DVD
    Region: 0
    Rated: UNR
    Catalog #: 5152
    UPC: 738329051525
    Item #: KOV005152

    Technical Information

    Street Date: 12/5/2006
    Closed Caption: No
    Run Time: 105 minutes
    Studio: Kino Video