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THE DOLL

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Tuesday, June 13

Directed by Ernst Lubitsch

Live piano accompaniment by Steve Sterner

(1919) Puppeteer’s daughter Ossi Oswalda impersonates a mechanical doll to woo baron’s nephew Hermann Thimig, with Lubitsch pulling the strings in a prologue. Loosely based on the source story for Coppélia and Audran’s operetta La Poupée. 35mm print courtesy Filmarchiv Austria. Approx. 64 min.

Reviews

“Displays Lubitsch’s most outrageous, stylized side… comically upends Hoffman’s Coppelia fairy tale with the unjustly forgotten Ossi Oswalda.” 
– Eric Monder, Film Journal