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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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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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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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A new guardian is employed to keep her in check
22 September 2017 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

Short (45mins) early silent movie from Ernst Lubitsch made a few years before he left Germany for Hollywood. Young (19) Ossi Oswalda plays a seemingly wayward young lady who is becoming quite a handful. Indeed, unlike UK and US films of the time we see this young lady drinking, playing cards flirting with older gentlemen and smoking furiously. A new guardian is employed to keep her in check but she finds if she dresses as a boy everyone is fooled and she can go off to the dance and flirt with that very same guardian. He is almost twice her age but the drunken evening is treated as a joke and they even kiss. Now, one he is twice her age and two, on the face of it these are two gentlemen kissing away. Ossi is not pretty in the conventional sense but we do consider that German gents like their ladies on the butch side so maybe this would have worked even more sensationally at the time. Curious, slightly worrying but a good start in my exploration of the early films of Mr Lubitsch.


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