The Oyster Princess

  • Ernst Lubitsch
  • Germany (1919)
  • 15+
60 min

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.

  • Language
    Silent with German intertitles, subtitled in English
  • Director
    Ernst Lubitsch
  • Cast
    Ossi Oswalda, Harry Liedtke, Victor Janson, Julius Falkenstein
  • Screenwriter
    Hanns Kräly, Ernst Lubitsch
  • Genre
    Comedy, Satire, Silent Film

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