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And by “impeccable” we mean shove the food in your face with both hands! Come on, you can’t make a silent movie on an empty stomach, can you?
The Doll‘s premise is nuts. A man-child needs to marry in order to gain his inheritance. Since romancing a real live woman is just too much bother, he goes to a famous dollmaker and purchases a lifelike automaton to pose as his bride. The only problem? The doll was broken and the inventor’s daughter has taken her place. Our hapless hero soon figures this out when he tries to use her as a coat-rack. Shoulda married a real girl…
German comedienne Ossi Oswalda is an utter charmer as the saucy doll. If you have never seen Miss Oswalda in action, I strongly encourage you to seek out her work.
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Ernst Lubitsch wows again with a surreal bit of comedy concerning a determined bachelor who buys a doll to pose as his wife, thus avoiding actually having to marry. The only problem is that the doll is a live woman, comedy star Ossi Oswalda. So we have a woman posing as a doll posing as a woman. Raucous, joyous and more than a little strange, this early Lubitsch is an unparalleled delight.
[toggler title=”How does it end? (click for a spoiler)” ]Our bachelor finally figures out that Ossi is real and falls in love with her, which is very convenient as they are already married.[/toggler]
If it were a dessert it would be:
Robot and Sprocket Cookies. Who says machines can’t be cute and tasty?
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The unexpected benefits of posing as an automaton: You can be as snotty as you like and no one can do anything about it. I mean, what are they going to do? Punish a machine?
Ossi Oswalda is truly delightful in Ernst Lubitsch’s 1919 comedy The Doll. I highly recommend it, especially if you have only seen the darker German offerings of this period. Lubitsch’s saucy offerings will surely delight.
Another GIF from The Doll. Ossi Oswalda as the mechanical doll doing her dance. A dance of celebration!
Another charmer from The Doll. Hermann Thimig thinks that Ossi Oswalda is just a doll and decides to take his frustrations out on her. Bad idea. You do not yell at Ossi. Ever. Poor Hermann does not stand a chance against this petite ball of fire.
I think we can safely say that she won the argument.
Here it is! My view of what Despicable Me may have looked like if it had been made in 1922.
Ernst Lubitsch directs this fractured fairy tale concerning a coddled young man who wants to avoid marriage at all costs– and he is willing to purchase an elaborate mechanical doll to pose as his wife. Petite charmer Ossi Oswalda co-stars as both the doll and the live girl it was modeled after. When the doll is accidentally broken, Ossi must take its place at the wedding. I can’t possibly imagine anything going wrong with this scenario.
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It’s early Lubitsch but his touch is there, right down to the clever intertitles. After all, this is what every father says when he is sending off his only child, right?
Background: In The Doll, dollmaker Hilarius has just inadvertently sold his daughter to a customer. She was taking the place of a broken model for a demonstration but Hermann Thimig was so pleased that he bought the mechanical woman on the spot. Obviously, chaos ensues.
Ossi Oswalda is posing as a mechanical doll and is it ever hungry work! No one can see her eat (she is a doll) which explains her frantic face stuffing.
This GIF is from Ernst Lubitsch’s 1919 charmer The Doll.
Ossi Oswalda’s character is an, um, eccentric young lady with violent habits. She smashes vases, mirrors, heads when she is happy, sad or in love. In this case, she is thrilled that her daddy has promised to buy her a prince to marry.
Ossi is practicing her maternal skills for her upcoming marriage to a German prince. Of course, where to powder the baby is not as obvious as one would think…
Ossi’s father is the Oyster King of America and she has decided that she deserves nothing less than a European prince. Nucki is the penniless prince in question but a few cases of mistaken identity later, all plans are in shambles. Hidden amongst the the wacky hijinks is some pointed social commentary courtesy of director Ernst Lubitsch.