Special screening accompanied by live music dedicated to Ernst Lubitsch | TIFF

Special screening accompanied by live music dedicated to Ernst Lubitsch

03.04.2012 03:00
Another director celebrated at TIFF this year is Ernst Lubitsch, one of the most appreciated filmmakers of all times

 Ever since his begginings, Lubitsch has created his own unique comedy style, and his touch has remained the standard for all-time. His urbane comedies of manners gave him the reputation of being Hollywood's most elegant and sophisticated director; as his prestige grew, his films were promoted as having "the Lubitsch touch." In 1947 he received an Honorary Academy Award for his distinguished contributions to the art of the motion picture.

Some of his most famous films, that have marked the history of the European cinematography are Die Puppe/ The puppet (1919), Madame Du Barry (1919), Anna Boleyn (1920), The Marriage Circle (1924), Broken Lullaby (1932), One Hour with You (1932), Trouble in Paradise (1932), Design for Living (1933), Angel (1937), Ninotchka (1939), The Shop Around the Corner (1940), To Be or Not to Be (1942).  

Film fans will enjoy a spectacular screening of the silent film The puppet, accompanied live by Struggle-Orchester. Struggle-Orchester is composed of six musicians and their conductor Karl Koch. Each image of the film will be accompanied live by the original music, special created for Ernst Lubitsch’s film. This special performance is organised in partnership with the German Cultural Centre from Cluj.

The puppet tells the magical story of a girl-shy young man who, in order to inherit his father's money, must get married. This frightening prospect finds an elegant solution when he is betrothed to a puppet-maker's lifelike, quasi-robotic doll. What the young groom doesn't realize is that he's accidentally taken the puppet-maker's real-life daughter as his bride! Complications follow in this charming silent film of women-as-objects and objects-as-women, full of the witty humor that made Lubitsch so popular during his time.