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Lubitsch In Berlin [Masters of Cinema] [DVD] [1918]


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  • Actors: Emil Jannings, Pola Negri, Ossi Oswalda, Paul Wegener, Harry Liedtke
  • Directors: Ernst Lubitsch
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Eureka Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Jan. 2010
  • Run Time: 400 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002WCDQKA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,170 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Before he arrived in Hollywood to leave his indelible (and inimitable) mark on timeless comedies like Trouble in Paradise and The Shop Around the Corner, Ernst Lubitsch created an expansive body of work in Germany that proved to be as varied in its tone as it was sophisticated in its measure of man and woman. This box set collects six recently restored works from the silent phase of Lubitsch's career, and casts new light on the director both as a fully-formed comic master, and as a virtuoso of cinematographic technique. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present these six works by Ernst Lubitsch for the first time on DVD in the UK. ICH MÖCHTE KEIN MANN SEIN (1918) One of the first collaborations between Lubitsch and the exuberant Ossi Oswalda, Ich möchte kein Mann sein [I Wouldn't Like to Be a Man] is a concise sketch of society life in three acts. When Ossi's uncle goes away on a business trip, a new guardian steps in to tame the distractable niece. But Ossi finds a way out of the house and into a grand ball... by way of a brazen cross-dressing scheme -- and triggers what is perhaps Lubitsch's most twisted finale. DIE PUPPE (1919) "Four amusing acts from a toy-chest" so reads the opening title of the comic masterpiece Die Puppe. [The Doll.] adapted by Lubitsch and co-scenarist Hanns Kräly from a libretto by A. M. Wilner (based in turn on a tale from E. T. A. Hoffmann). Ossi Oswalda stars in a double-role as both the mischievous daughter, and automatonic creation, of a wildly coiffed "dollmaker". When a wealthy baron decides the time has come for his prudish nephew to take a wife, an uproariously ribald plot unwinds into what is perhaps the world's first-ever sex-doll comedy. DIE AUSTERNPRINZESSIN (1919) As Die Austernprinzessin. [The Oyster Princess.], Ossi Oswalda makes another turn as a plutocrat's rambunctious daughter now the heiress of a global oyster empire, devoting her wiles once again to the service of man-ipulation. A comic high-point in the master's oeuvre, Die Austernprinzessin. showcases the trademarks of the "Lubitsch Touch" and its ten-fingered dexterity, resulting in a film that is simultaneously clever, concise, and risqué. SUMURUN (1920) By turns melodramatic and grotesquely comic, Sumurun brings together performances by star-players Paul Wegener (Der Golem.), Pola Negri, Harry Liedtke, and Ernst Lubitsch himself (in the role of an ultra-pathetic hunchbacked minstrel) for this ensemble tale pulled from the milieu of The Arabian Nights. Featuring hundreds of extras milling through open-air set-pieces and dusky harem-chambers alike, Sumurun demonstrates Lubitsch's ability to transfigure rote romance into vibrant pageant. ANNA BOLEYN (1920) Emil Jannings plays King Henry VIII in the story of Anne Boleyn's movement from the outskirts of the court, to the royal boudoir, and off to the chopping-block. Suffused with an atmosphere of entrapment that would not be out of place in later films by Fritz Lang, and prefiguring the stately contretemps in John Ford's Mary of Scotland, Anna Boleyn proceeds with a deathward momentum unique in Lubitsch's oeuvre. DIE BERGKATZE (1921) Set in one of Lubitsch's hallmark mythical kingdoms, Die Bergkatze [The Mountain-Lion / The Wildcat] finds Lubitsch in exuberantly expressionistic mode, employing a host of optical masks to create perhaps the most visually audacious comic spectacle of his career. Pola Negri plays the daughter of a band of thieves; seduction of army commander (and audience) ensues. Lubitsch's personal favourite work of all his German films, Die Bergkatze represents a peak in both Lubitsch's silent oeuvre and the silent cinema as a whole. Extras-- *Robert Fischer's 2006 feature-length documentary Ernst Lubitsch in Berlin: From Schönhauser Allee to Hollywood * New and exclusive concertina score for Die Puppe. * New liner notes for

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Daryl Chin on 14 Jun. 2010
Format: DVD
Once again, Masters of Cinema has produced an exemplary DVD set. The transfers are absolutely crisp and as clear as possible, the scores are quite appropriate, and the films look fresh. And they are fresh: Ernst Lubitsch was a master of cinematic construction, and these films remain well-made entertainments in a variety of genres. From the historical epic of ANNA BOLEYN to the Oriemntalist fantasia that is SUMURUN to the melodrama of THE WILD CAT, these films continue to have a true allure. The gender-bending farce of I DON'T WANT TO BE A MAN is especially pertinent and remarkably prescient. This boxset shows what movies used to be: entertainments with great production values, true movie stars (such as Pola Negri and Emil Jannings) and well-constructed narratives. Even those who may have an aversion to seeing such antiquated fare as "silent movies" might give these films a chance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dom Vlad Malic on 27 Mar. 2011
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Whilst his early work was not as ground-breaking as the early german cinema pioneers such as F W Murnau, G W Pabst or Fritz Lang, you get a sense of the 'sophisticated comedy' in these early films that became his trademark of his much more well known Hollywood output. A must for students of film.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By HAN XIAO on 10 April 2013
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WONDERFUL BOXSET. HOWEVER, THIS COMMENT ONLY COMES FROM ONES WHO REALLY ARE INTERESTED IN OLD FILMS AND SEE THEM AS TREASURES OF GOLDEN ERA...RECOMMENDED...
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