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Ernst Lubitsch in Berlin - From Schoenhauser Allee to Hollywood (Ernst Lubitsch in Berlin - Von der Schoenhauser Allee nach Hollywood)

Ernst Lubitsch in Berlin - From Schoenhauser Allee to Hollywood
Tom Tykwer in "Ernst Lubitsch in Berlin" (photo © Transit Film 2006)

From his early successes in silent German films such as The Oyster Princess and Madame Dubarry to his mature Hollywood masterpieces (Ninotchka, To Be or Not to Be, The Shop Around the Corner), the films of Ernst Lubitsch have had a lasting impact upon the cinema of Europe and America.

In Ernst Lubitsch in Berlin, the first-ever feature documentary on the inventor of the "Lubitsch Touch", tells the story of how the son of a Jewish tailor first came into contact with the theater while still attending school. In 1911 Lubitsch joined Max Reinhardt's ensemble, and as of 1913 he started performing in film comedies. His immense popularity enabled him to take up directing.

In Ernst Lubitsch in Berlin, it is Lubitsch's daughter Nicola who guides us through her father's exciting time in Germany, supported by an illustrious group of film historians, Lubitsch experts and some of today's most influential German film directors. Rare film clips, newly discovered photographs, newsreel footage and original audio recordings with actress Henny Porten, other first-hand witnesses and Lubitsch himself round off this comprehensive portrait of one of cinema's few true geniuses.
Genre Biopic
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2006
Director Robert Fischer
Cinematography Michael Ruediger, Manuel Lommel, Jonathan Rho
Frank Schoenfelder
Aljoscha Zimmermann, Sabrina Hausmann
Cast Enno Patalas, Jan-Christopher Horak, Wolfgang Becker, Dani Levy, Amanda Goodpaster, Evy Bettelheim-Bentley, Joerg Jannings, Henny Porten, Hans Helmut Prinzler, Michael Hanisch, Tom Tykwer, Nicola Lubitsch, Ernst Lubitsch
Producer Loy W. Arnold
Production Company Transit Film/Munich
Runtime 110 min
Format color, b&w
Subtitled Versions English, German, Spanish
Festivals San Sebastian 2006, Moscow 2012

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