18 Ratings

Als ich tot war

directed by Ernst Lubitsch
Germany, 1916


A man believed dead by his wife and his mother-in-law disguises himself as a butler and takes the job in his own house.

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  • suede's rating of the film Als ich tot war

    7/10. Music: sweet, appropriate violin-piano score composed by Aljoscha Zimmermann (1944–2009), who used to accompany silents in the Filmmuseum München. As for Ernst, he isn't breaking the fourth wall here; he doesn't even acknowledge it exists! Amusing performances, not only from him, but also from the mother-in-law and the suitor (Julius Falkenstein)—more nuanced stuff than one might expect from this era! [yt]

  • Adam Suraf's rating of the film Als ich tot war

    Rare early Lubitsch in which he stars as a husband with a busybody mother-in-law. Best seen today for a good example of Lubitsch's early acting style, rubbery and full of big eyed facial expressions. Hard to find, but there is at least one extremely shoddy music-less foreign print floating around the internet.

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