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Lubitsch in Berlin: Sumurun DVD
Lubitsch in Berlin: Sumurun

Lubitsch in Berlin: Sumurun

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In the early 1920s, Ernst Lubitsch was among Germany's leading directors and one of the few European filmmakers to consistently find success at the American box office. Sumurun, originally released in the U.S. under the title One Arabian Night, was amonghis greatest triumphs and helped secure his invitation to Hollywood.This exotic spectacle stars Jenny Hasselqvist (The Saga of Gsta Berling) as Sumurun, a rebellious member of a harem who has committed the greatest of sins: she has rejected the old sheikh and instead fallen in love with a charming cloth merchant. Lubitsch expertly interweaves Sumurun's tale with several other related stories, and the result is a wonderful blend of melodrama and comedy. The cast also includes screen legend Pola Negri (Forbidden Paradise) as a traveling dancer who is drawn to both the harem and to the sheikh's handsome son, famed director-actor Paul Wegener (The Golem) as the tyrannical, lecherous old sheikh, and Lubitsch himself as a hunchbacked clown in love withNegri.Sumurun was based on a pantomime act that had been a popular success for Lubitsch's mentor, the theater director Max Reinhardt. The New York Times labeled the film "an exceptional production," and Lewis Jacobs, in his book The Rise of the American Film, wrote that Sumurun "not only revealed Lubitsch as an ingenious director of comedy, but introduced a risqu wit that killed the heavy-handed American sex and style displays. This film presaged the flock of films Lubitsch was to make in America and was to have a lasting influence on American productions generally."
Title: Lubitsch in Berlin: Sumurun
Genre: Drama-Classics (Silent Films)
Starring: Carl Clewig, Jenny Hasselquist, Paul Biensfeldt, Pola Negri, Ernst Lubitsch, Jenny Hasselqvist
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Studio: Kino Video
Attributes: Full Frame, Colorized, Silent Movie
Release Date: 12/5/2006
Original Year: 1920
Product Type: DVD
Rated: UNR
UPC: 738329051624
Item #: KOV005162

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