Monday, November 3, 2014
The Doll (1919)
Lancelot eludes them and takes refuge in a monastery with gluttonous monks who are seeking a meal ticket as their funds dry up. When they see an ad placed by Lancelot's uncle saying all is forgiven and money is to be his if he marries, they concoct a scheme for him to marry a life sized robotic doll. The doll develops a glitch, Ossi takes the doll's place, marries Lancelot, and manages to essentially trap the initially reluctant groom into marriage. It is a bit of a weak role for a woman compared to other Lubitsch films. While Ossi is clever in getting Lancelot, it is a much more traditional role than some of the best of Lubitsch.