When a wealthy baron decides the time has come for his prudish nephew to take a wife, the terrified young man opts to buy a lifelike, mechanized doll and marry it instead, hoping no one will be the wiser. But the doll has a secret of its own…
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Early Lubitsch silent comedy that seems to have an interesting undertone of male fear of female sexuality lurking throughout. It's a slight comedy that wears out its short running time early but an interesting curio none the less.
7 years from being A HUNDRED YEARS OLD. that's amazing. joão botelho presented this. so his insight and then this (with a norman mcLaren short before, i think it was 'Canon') made my night oh so worthwhile.
Vastly underseen. A bizarre and astonishing comedy of the male attempt to harness and control female sexuality. I'm not sure any movie has ever so successfully satirized male disgust/fear/fascination of female sexuality, and with such gleeful gusto!
Hilarante comedia de situaciones silente representada a modo teatral que mezcla el montaje absurdo, que de hecho es la gran cuota humorística del filme. Lubitsch tiene ingenio para provocar la carcajada, pero también la modestia al momento de no crear la gran historia ni la vasta puesta en mise en scene.
An amusing comic romp that acknowledges and directly plays on the connections between Pygmalion and Coppelia. It boats a number of striking creative techniques (the iris around the priests, the shadow between the grieving baron and his subjects), but its true worth lies on its heroine: a willful mix of playful mischievousness and (eventually) genuine affection. Definitely a gem of sorts.
3/10. One of the most disappointing films from Lubitsch's Berlin period, this is a plain, highly repetitive slapstick fairy tale. Am puzzled by its high ratings, esp. compared to other early silents by the man. In spite of a few memorable visuals—a wonderful introductory cameo by EL, the cardboard scenery, the hilarious "horses", the doll's controls—the ~65 min runtime was tough. Saw it with a poor accordeon score.