The Oyster Princess 1919 Ages 15+

10.30AM Sun 31 Oct 2021 (1hr)
GOMA | Cinema B | Ticketed

SYNOPSIS

One of the most charming silent films of Lubitsch’s German period, the mischievous The Oyster Princess already contains many of his trademarks: sexual innuendos, accidental mismatches, and a humorous farce about high society hedonism – all of which would become more refined in his Hollywood films. Starring the magnetic Ossi Oswalda as the Oyster Princess, this comedy about a shellfish tycoon determined to buy a prince to please his impulsive daughter also highlights Lubitsch’s early preoccupation with visual spectacle, as jaw-dropping banquets, celebratory gatherings, and an infectious foxtrot escalate the tempo of the film. Flamboyant, fluid, and rhythmic, this is about the joy of abundance, as much as it is about the wonder of cinema.

CREDITS

35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, SILENT, 60 MINUTES, GERMANY, GERMAN INTERTITLES (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR: ERNST LUBITSCH / PRODUCER: PAUL DAVIDSON / SCRIPT: ERNST LUBITSCH, HANNS KRÄLY / CINEMATOGRAPHER: THEODOR SPARKUHL / CAST: OSSI OSWALDA, HARRY LIEDTKE, VICTOR JANSON, JULIUS FALKENSTEIN / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: MURNAU-STIFTUNG / SCREENING FORMAT: DCP