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I Don't Want to Be a Man (1918)

Ich möchte kein Mann sein (original title)
A teenaged tomboy, tired of being bossed around by her strict guardian, impersonates a man so she can have more fun, but discovers that being the opposite sex isn't as easy as she had hoped.

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Ernst Lubitsch
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ossi Oswalda ... Ossi
Curt Goetz Curt Goetz ... Dr. Kersten (as Kurt Götz)
Ferry Sikla Ferry Sikla ... Counsellor Brockmüller
Margarete Kupfer ... Gouvernante
Victor Janson Victor Janson
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Storyline

High-spirited young Ossi Oswalda is the bane of her uncle and governess' existence. She insists on playing poker and smoking and talks with strange men on the street. When her uncle leaves to take up a new job, she looks forward to enjoying new freedom. Her hopes are dashed when her new guardian Dr. Kersten proves to be strict and unyielding. Frustrated with her cloistered life, Ossi sneaks out on the town dressed as a young man. She finds that being a man has its own disadvantages when she discovers she is not given the same gentle treatment when she is masquerading as a male.

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

18 November 1918 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Den tha 'thela na imoun andras See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film was released in the US by Kino Lorber as part of the box set "Lubitsch in Berlin" in 2007 with English intertitles. It was also released in the UK by Eureka's Masters of Cinema series as part of the box set "Lubitsch in Berlin: Fairy-Tales, Melodramas, and Sex Comedies" in 2010 with German intertitles and English subtitles. See more »

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Featured in Auge in Auge - Eine deutsche Filmgeschichte (2008) See more »

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The Cross-Dressing Cutie
18 December 2006 | by movingpicturegalSee all my reviews

Very entertaining silent film about cute, lively young Ossi, a tomboy full of a fun-loving spirit, she likes to smoke, drink booze, stick out her tongue, and play poker with her male chums - but her guardian and governess want her to behave like a "proper young lady". Wishing she were "born a boy" she heads to a local men's store and has herself fitted for an evening suit. Soon she's out on the streets in top hat, white tie, and tails, her hair groomed like a boy's, she rides the street car, and goes to a ballroom where she's soon drinking champagne and smoking cigars, flirting with (and even kissing) her own guardian - and he think's she's a fellow!

This film is full of charm and loads of fun, in many ways due to the delightful and well done performance given by Ossi Oswalda, a very likable young actress, totally tops in cute and charming! The DVD of this has a nice looking black and white print and includes an extremely appealing, lively piano score by Neil Brand that is the perfect accompaniment to this film.


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