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THE OYSTER PRINCESS

♪4:40

Saturday, June 3

Directed by Ernst Lubitsch

Live piano accompaniment by Steve Sterner

(1919) Astonishing satire of royalism, sex, American imperialism – and “foxtrot fever” – as Ossi Oswalda, daughter of U.S. oyster magnate “Mr. Quaker” – falls for bankrupt prince Harry Liedtke. DCP courtesy Murnau Stiftung. Approx. 60 min.

Reviews

“A SLY CRITIQUE OF AMERICAN CONSUMERISM AND EXCESS.” 
– Film Journal 

The Oyster Princess exudes a definite style from virtually every frame; it’s a comic extravagance that casts its tendencies through to the end of Lubitsch’s abbreviated career—the shimmering erotic nuance, the tight and quasi-martial order that keeps high-society effervescence under pressure, the hints and cues that tip revellers off to appear or disappear at the right moment.”
– Richard Brody, The New Yorker