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Passions and Deceptions : The Early Films of Ernst Lubitsch - Sabine Hake

Passions and Deceptions

The Early Films of Ernst Lubitsch

Paperback Published: 6th September 1992
ISBN: 9780691008783
Number Of Pages: 232

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A collaborator with Warner Brothers and Paramount in the early days of sound film, the German film director Ernst Lubitsch (1892-1947) is famous for his sense of ironic detachment and for the eroticism he infused into such comedies as So This Is Paris and Trouble in Paradise. In a general introduction to his silent and early sound films (1914-1932) and in close readings of his comedies, Sabine Hake focuses on the visual strategies Lubitsch used to convey irony and analyzes his contribution to the rise of classical narrative cinema. Exploring Lubitsch's depiction of femininity and the influence of his early German films on his entire career, she argues that his comedies represent an important outlet for dealing with sexual and cultural differences. The readings cover The Oyster Princess, The Doll, The Mountain Cat, Passion, Deception, So This Is Paris, Monte Carlo, and Trouble in Paradise, which are interpreted as part of an underlying process of negotiation between different modes of representation, narration, and spectatorship--a process that comprises the conditions of production in two different national cinemas and the ongoing changes in film technology. Drawing attention to Lubitsch's previously neglected German films, this book presents the years until 1922 as the formative period in his career.

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Introductionp. 3
The Early Lubitsch--An Overview
From Comic Actor to Film Director, 1914-1918p. 25
The German Feature Films, 1918-1922p. 37
Hollywood--The Silent Films, 1923-1929p. 58
The American Sound Films, 1929-1932p. 70
Film Analyses
Wayward Women: The Oyster Princess, The Doll, and The Mountain Catp. 81
The Period Film as Palimpsest: On Passion and Deceptionp. 114
The Tyranny of Vision: So This Is Paris and Othersp. 139
Exploring the Boundaries of Sound: Monte Carlop. 159
The Object, the Image, the Cinema: Trouble in Paradisep. 175
Afterwordp. 200
Select Bibliographyp. 207
Indexp. 211
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ISBN: 9780691008783
ISBN-10: 0691008787
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 6th September 1992
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.15

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