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The Doll (1919)

Die Puppe (original title)
Because the Baron of Chanterelle wants to preserve his family line, he forces his timid nephew Lancelot to choose one of the village maidens to wed. Lancelot flees to a monastery to escape ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Max Kronert ...
Hermann Thimig ...
Lancelot
Victor Janson ...
Hilarius
Marga Köhler ...
Dessen Frau
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Ossi - His Daughter
Gerhard Ritterband ...
Der Lehrling
Jakob Tiedtke ...
Der Briar
Josefine Dora ...
Lancelot's Maid
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Lapitski
Paul Morgan
Hedy Searle
Arthur Weinschenk
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Because the Baron of Chanterelle wants to preserve his family line, he forces his timid nephew Lancelot to choose one of the village maidens to wed. Lancelot flees to a monastery to escape the forty eager maidens. When the gluttonous monks discover that the Baron is offering a large sum for the marriage, they suggest Lancelot marry a mechanical doll instead. The doll maker has just finished making a replica of his daughter Ossi, but his assistant accidentally breaks it and convinces the real girl to mimic the doll. Lancelot buys her, thinking she is a doll, and takes her back to the monastery, where they are wed. Written by Will Gilbert

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6 April 1920 (Finland)  »

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| (2000 restored) | (copy with French titles at Brussels Musée du Cinéma)

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Highly Entertaining
22 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Because the Baron of Chanterelle wants to preserve his family line, he forces his timid nephew Lancelot to choose one of the village maidens to wed. Lancelot flees to a monastery to escape the forty eager maidens. When the gluttonous monks discover that the Baron is offering a large sum for the marriage, they suggest Lancelot marry a mechanical doll instead.

I absolutely love how this was put on as a mixture between a play and a film. Some of the sets (such as inside the castle) seem quite elaborate, while other things (the trees and horses) smack of a high school production. But not in a bad way -- there is a certain charm to how this story unfolded. Add to that the wild hair and outfit of the puppet master (a precursor to Willy Wonda) and you have a great looking film.

Something could be said about the interaction between people and robots, and at what point are robots so lifelike that the line between human and non-human is all too fuzzy. But this is a light-hearted film and I will not get too serious here.


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