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With 1919’s DIE AUSTERNPRINZESSIN, Ernst Lubitsch presented an exuberant society comedy that already contains all the stylistic devices and motifs that would bring the director from Berlin fame and honor in Hollywood. The congenial actress here is Ossi Oswalda, who sparkles as a spoilt millionaire’s daughter who wants to marry into the European nobility at all costs. She comes across the impoverished Prince Nuki, who sends his servant to meet her, with the “Oyster Princess” marrying the latter without further ado thinking that he is actually the prince. She thus sets a turbulent chain of events in motion that eventually lead to a happy ending for everyone concerned. Ernst Lubitsch was born on January 29th 130 years ago. Filmspotting honors the master with this elegant, yet biting comedy. (ah) (17.1., with an introduction by Anke Wilkening)

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