The Oyster Princess

Directed by Ernst Lubitsch
Year: 1919
Running Time: 60 minutes
Country: Germany
Language: Silent with English intertitles

In THE OYSTER PRINCESS (1919), a pampered American oyster tycoon decides to find a prince to marry his daughter, but things don’t go quite as planned. Along the way, there are mishaps, misunderstandings and a foxtrot sequence that must be seen to be believed.

Made in Germany before legendary director Ernst Lubitsch emigrated to the U.S., and starring Ossi Oswalda, a gifted comedic actress who headlined several other silent films for Lubitsch, notably The Doll (1919). But the real star is Lubitsch' s unmatched ability to turn even the simplest of acts, from reading the newspaper to getting fitted for a tuxedo, into brilliant bits of deliciously subversive comedy.

Julius Falkenstein
Harry Liedtke
Victor Janson
Ossi Oswalda

Composed by Alijoscha Zimmermann
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch