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237 Ratings

The Doll

Die Puppe

Directed by Ernst Lubitsch
Germany, 1919
Silent, Comedy, Fantasy


When a wealthy baron decides the time has come for his prudish nephew to take a wife, the terrified young man opts to buy a lifelike, mechanized doll and marry it instead, hoping no one will be the wiser. But the doll has a secret of its own…

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The Doll Directed by Ernst Lubitsch

Critics reviews

It’s a young man’s picture, fast-moving, bursting with energy and carefree experimentation, its jokes ranging from sophisticated winks to groaning eye-rollers. The bizarrely suggestive intertitles pile up: “Familiarize yourself with the mechanism,” Hilarious admonishes Lancelot about his doll-wife, along with later instructions to “Always dust her well” and “don’t forget to oil her every two weeks.” Lubitsch was already using a skill he would perfect in Hollywood: risqué, but deniable.
June 23, 2017
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