Ernst Lubitsch Movies on DVD
Lavish costume epic mounted by Ernest Lubitsch recounts the tragic history of King Henry VIII's second spouse (Henny Porten). England's bigger-than-life monarch is afforded a properly decadent characterization by Emil Jannings ("The Last Laugh"), and the film boasts magnificent sets and spectacular outdoor cinematography. Special restored version features color tinting. AKA: "Deception." 118 min. Standard; Soundtrack: music score. Silent with music score.
The great Ernst Lubitsch directed this silent effort set in a small town in the Swiss Alps in 1806. The conquering French Army has taken over the town, but the rebellious Marcus refuses to give up. At the same time, Ciglia, the daughter of the town's minister, longs for Marcus, even though she's the target of seduction for Lorenz. John Barrymore, Camilla Horn star. 71 min. Standard; Soundtrack: Dolby Digital mono music score. Silent with music score.
Intriguing silent German adaptation of the original "Carmen" story, courtesy of director Ernst Lubitsch, stars Pola Negri as the infamous Gypsy temptress and Harry Liedtke as her Spanish cavalryman lover. AKA: "Carmen." 80 min. Standard; Soundtrack: music score; bonus short "The Vagabond" (1916). Silent with music score.
Smitten with Lady Windermere (May McAvoy), Lord Darlington (Ronald Colman) intervenes when her husband is blackmailed by a woman with a trouble-making secret. Acknowledged as the best of Ernst Lubitsch's silent works, this rendition of Oscar Wilde's farce of romantic infidelity and red herrings remains a witty treat. Bert Lytell, Irene Rich also star. 66 min. Standard; Soundtrack: music score. Silent with music score.
Five-disc set of Ernest Lubitsch silent classics includes "The Oyster Princess," "The Doll" (1919), "Anna Boleyn," "Sumurun," "The Wildcat" (1921), the short film "I Don't Want To Be A Man," and the feature documentary "Ernst Lubitsch In Berlin."
Ernst Lubitsch directed this silent costumer which made Pola Negri a star as Madame DuBarry, who romanced her way up the social ladder of 18th-century France and became the courtesan of King Louis XV (Emil Jannings), only to fall victim to the turmoil of the French Revolution. AKA: "Madame DuBarry." 90 min. Standard; Soundtrack: music score. Silent with music score.
German-made melodrama from Ernst Lubitsch set against a sumptuous Middle East backdrop. Pola Negri stars as an exotic dancer who charms both a sheik and his son, leading to wild (and fatal) romantic complications. Paul Wegener plays the jealous ruler, with Lubitsch co-starring as a dwarf jester. Special restored version features color tinting. 103 min. Standard; Soundtrack: music score. Silent with music score.
When a young man realizes that his inheritance depends upon his getting married, he tries to pull a fast one by wedding a life-size doll. Little does the scheming bachelor know that the incredibly lifelike toy is, in fact, the daughter of the man who created it, adopting the clever disguise to secure a spouse of her own. Ernst Lubitsch's romantic fantasy stars Victor Janson, Ossi Oswalda. The German film features color tinting and an original score. 64 min. Standard; Soundtrack: music score. Silent with music score. Also includes the documentary feature "Ernst Lubitsch In Berlin" (2006).
One of the great Ernst Lubitsch's earliest offerings is this thriller about an Egyptian girl (Pola Negri) held prisoner in an ancient Egyptian temple by an ominous Arab (Emil Jannings). After being rescued by an Englishman, she moves to Great Britain, but is soon haunted by her former nemesis. With Max Laurence, Harry Liedtke. Includes English title cards. AKA: "Eyes Of The Mummy Ma." Standard; Soundtrack: music score. Silent with music score. Plays All Regions.
The breezy comedic style of Ernst Lubitsch is, as always, sophisticated and elegant in this marital comedy of manners inspired by Chaplin's "A Woman of Paris." Husband Adolphe Menjou begins to suspect wife Marie Prevost of being unfaithful in this silent treasure. 85 min. Standard; Soundtrack: music score. Silent with music score.
"The Lubitsch Touch" is evident in these witty comedies from Ernst Lubitsch. First, "The Oyster Princess" details the plight of Ossi, the American daughter of an oyster magnate who promises to find her a prince to wed. A marriage broker suggests Prince Nucki, who lives in a run-down apartment with a pal. With Ossi Oswalda. Next, the pioneering gender-bender "I Don't Want To Be A Man" follows a disgruntled teenage tomboy (Oswalda) who poses as a male to get out from under the thumbs of her guardians, only to learn the grass isn't always greener! 105 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: music score. Silent with music score.
Legendary director Ernst Lubitsch ("Ninotchka") turns his perceptive cinematic eye towards the military for this wildly satirical comedy from Germany. A lieutenant en route to his new outpost is kidnapped by a band of rogues. The gang's leader doesn't know that his daughter has fallen for the captive officer, and anti-military hilarity quickly ensues. Pola Negri, Victor Janson star. 82 min. Standard; Soundtrack: music score. Silent with music score.