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194 Ratings

I Don't Want to Be a Man

Ich möchte kein Mann sein

Directed by Ernst Lubitsch
Germany, 1918
Comedy, Romance, Silent


A teenaged tomboy, tired of being bossed around by her strict guardian, impersonates a man so she can have more fun, but discovers that being the opposite sex isn’t as easy as she had hoped.

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I Don't Want to Be a Man Directed by Ernst Lubitsch

Critics reviews

A sprightly examination of an adventurous young woman posing as a man for a day. Precociously challenging social and sexual status-quo politics that don’t seem all that alien today, it’s a revitalised artefact that functions just as well as a saucy romp.
July 05, 2015
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Ernst Lubitsch’s I Don’t Want to Be a Man (Ich möche kein Mann sein, 1918) does not so much exemplify the gender-bender comedy as it does transcend the genre altogether. At its best, because gender is socially conditioned, the gender-bender is always about inhibitive social politics in general. Exposing the arbitrary ways in which women and men are defined and shoehorned, this ostensibly light-hearted form has an almost inherently riotous bent to it.
May 21, 2014
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