Next screening is a rarity, a gender bending farce and silent film by one of the early German masters of cinematography, Ernst Lubitsch
ICH MÖCHTE KEIN MANN SEIN – I DON’T WANT BE A MAN
(1918, 45 min, dir. Erst Lubitsch, starring Ossi Oswalda, English intertexts)
DATE: 21 MAY
TIME: 5.00 p.m.
VENUE: Howard College, MTB West Wing 1st Floor, German Programme, Media Room F251
About the film:
Before he arrived in Hollywood to leave his indelible (and inimitable) mark on timeless comedies like “Trouble in Paradise” and “The Shop Around the Corner”, Ernst Lubitsch created an expansive body of work in Germany that proved to be as varied in its tone as it was sophisticated in its measure of man and woman.
“Ich möchte kein Mann sein” is one of six recently restored works from the silent phase of Lubitsch’s career, and casts new light on the director both as a fully-formed comic master, and as a virtuoso of cinematographic technique.
One of the first collaborations between Lubitsch and the exuberant Ossi Oswalda, “Ich möchte kein Mann sein” is a concise sketch of society life in three acts. When Ossi’s uncle goes away on a business trip, a new guardian steps in to tame the distractable niece. But Ossi finds a way out of the house and into a grand ball… by way of a brazen cross-dressing scheme — and triggers what is perhaps Lubitsch’s most twisted finale.
For further details please contact:
Dr. Marion Pape
University of KwaZulu-Natal
School of Arts
TEL: 031-260 1086/2380
FAX: 031-260 1242