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.
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.
A delightful early Lubitsch comedy that shows his visual creativity and witty remove from the petty machinations of man. I love how the film frames the action within a dollhouse and carries that comedic unreality throughout, from the self-consciously phony backdrops to the hilarious horse costumes.