The Doll (Die Puppe) (Silent) 1905 NR CC

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Presaging such playful sex comedies as Lubitsch's TROUBLE IN PARADISE and Design for Living, THE DOLL follows the misadventures of an effete young man who must get married in order to inherit a fortune. He opts to purchase a remarkably lifelike doll and marry it instead, not realizing that the doll is actually the puppet-maker's flesh-and-blood daughter, in disguise.

Starring:
Max Kronert, Hermann Thimig
Runtime:
1 hour, 5 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Fantasy, International, Comedy
Director Ernst Lubitsch
Starring Max Kronert, Hermann Thimig
Supporting actors Victor Janson, Marga Köhler, Ossi Oswalda, Gerhard Ritterband, Jakob Tiedtke, Josefine Dora, Lapitski, Paul Morgan, Hedy Searle, Arthur Weinschenk, Ernst Lubitsch
Studio Kino International
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Glasser VINE VOICE on May 11, 2013
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At first I thought The Doll was just going to be a curiosity. The opening looks very juvenile with a cardboard constructed set and dolls that come to life to begin telling the story. It eases into a more traditional film about the nephew of a wealthy man who is unmarried. The wealthy man is dying and he wants his bloodline to continue, so he encourages his nephew to marry. However, the nephew does not want to marry and tries to hide in a monastery. When the uncle offers a large dowry, the monks convince the nephew to pretend to marry a lifelike doll to inherit the money. At the doll-maker's house, the doll which is based on the doll-maker's daughter is broken, so the daughter steps in to cover the mistake. It is a cute and original story which was more entertaining and less childish than I expected it to be.

Fans of Ernst Lubitsch will be delighted to see a different kind of story from him. The characters are innocent types and the few references to sex are minor and tame compared to some of his American films. Instead we get a movie for all ages.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fortune R. Elkins on February 27, 2011
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The Doll is a charming fairy-tale farce for all ages. Just as amusing today as when it was made. Younger children will especially love it. Lovely and still-enjoyable piece of cinematic history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By aussiger on July 5, 2013
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I'm always amazed how well the early movie makers could tell a story without the aid of sound, color, widescreen and computer generated special effects. Very entertaining!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MRfan on February 10, 2014
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I watched this because I saw that it was an Ernest Lubitch movie. I enjoy his talking movies so I wanted to check out this silent movie of his. I enjoyed it. It was made 95 years ago and I think it's still very watchable in this day and age.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Liz Lynch on July 1, 2013
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There was a certain low-key charm, and it was interesting to view this as a stepping stone on the way to the Lubitsch work Hollywood came to know. The well-worn comic idea of the clever girl masquerading as a doll comes across as more creaky than charming -- if I've got to see that meme in action, I'd just as soon watch the ballet "Coppelia" (better music, for one thing).
It's still remarkable to see the expressiveness and naturalism of the acting, though, and if you're interested in the German cinema of this period it's worth your time.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. Pocker on November 2, 2010
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Charm and vitality that are the mark of Lubitsch films are all in this collection.
So much more enjoyable than much of what passes for entertainment today. What can you say
about a filmmaker who described dancing as " an epidemic of foxtrot". So charming!
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By CrazyBird on January 14, 2014
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This fairy tale like story is told with wonderful scenery, great costumes, an unbeatable score and superb acting. The actors convey all with facial expressions and body movements. Funny and uplifting I recommend this to both seasoned silent movie fans and to anyone needing an introduction to silent films. It is an excellent example of what a silent movie should be..
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By Don Roberto on January 8, 2014
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Not a realistic plot, but then what movie has them. It was well acted and humorous. Not laugh out loud humor just amusing all through the movie. Good sense of timing and acting. I enjoyed it to the end.
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