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6 April 1920 (Finland) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Max Kronert ... Baron von Chanterelle

Hermann Thimig ... Lancelot
Victor Janson ... Hilarius
Marga Köhler ... Dessen Frau

Ossi Oswalda ... Ossi - His Daughter
Gerhard Ritterband ... Der Lehrling
Jakob Tiedtke ... Der Briar
Josefine Dora ... Lancelot's Maid
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lapitski
Paul Morgan
Hedy Searle
Arthur Weinschenk

Ernst Lubitsch ... Director in Prologue (uncredited)

Directed by
Ernst Lubitsch 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
E.T.A. Hoffmann  story
Hanns Kräly 
Ernst Lubitsch 
A.E. Willner  operetta

Original Music by
Martin Smolka (2009)
 
Cinematography by
Theodor Sparkuhl 
Kurt Waschneck 
 
Art Direction by
Kurt Richter 
 
Costume Design by
Kurt Richter 
 
Music Department
Frank Strobel .... conductor (2009)
 

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Also Known As:
"Die Puppe" - Germany (original title)
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Runtime:
48 min | 58 min (2000 restored version) (20 fps) | Belgium:70 min (copy with French titles at Brussels Musée du Cinéma) | Germany:66 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Highly Entertaining, 22 June 2013
Author: gavin6942 from United States

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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