Lubitsch aus Berlin

“he was born in Berlin, died in LA – and was a hit in both”, Ernst Lubitsch is an icon of German cinema. To mark the sixtieth anniversary of his passing Kino Babylon Mitte is playing host to a month long retrospective. The schedule of twenty three silent films (the earliest, 1914’s ‘The Pride of the Firm’, directed by Carl Wilhelm, casts Lubitsch as a romantic hero) and seventeen ‘talkies’ is a tribute not only to the director’s ability to work successfully across continents but also across the transition from silents to sound productions. Nicola Lubitsch, the director’s daughter, will also be taking part in the festivities, helping unveil a plaque commemorating his former residence at Schönhauser Allee 183. Lubitsch was known for his witty and sophisticated productions, with his films ranging from lighthearted romantic comedies to grand historical dramas. Of special interest is his anti Nazi farce ‘To be or not to be’ released in 1942. The film which follows the misadventures of a group of small time actors involved in the Polish resistance movement is a precursor to last year’s controversial Mein Führer. Also included in the retrospective will be 2006’s ‘Ernst Lubitsch in Berlin – from Schönhauser Allee to Hollywood’, a documentary of the director’s journey. The silent films will be accompanied by music from Stephan Graf v. Bothmer and for those with an exceptional ability to stay in their seats the program has scheduled two thirteen hour silent film marathons!!

2 Comments so far

  1. Andre (unregistered) on March 6th, 2007 @ 11:14 pm

    Excellent news. Here’s hoping that Los Angeles will host a similar Lubitsch film festival.

  2. William Thirteen (unregistered) on March 7th, 2007 @ 12:09 am

    yes, i can’t wait to see more of his films through the rest of the month!

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