Eduardo Rodríguez Merchán
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Die puppe (1919) is a very representative movie of the Berlin period of the most brilliant German director Ernst Lubitsch, who three years later would exile to Hollywood to complete a brilliant cinematographic career in America. With this movie we will initiate the series of comical silent films that pretends traveling along ten year of a period in which cinema was reaching an extraordinary creative maturity, which was truncated with the arrival of sound films. Lubitsch  draws with precision and much imagination a fable which, under the appearance of an innocent tale, hides some of the most subtile stylistic elements of the famous director of Ninotchka (1939) or of To be or not to be (1942): a ruthless satire that, nevertheless, does not give up charm, a stark but elegant irony, the game of sexual attractions and love affairs, etc. With very bold stylistic and narrative contributions, but never forgetting the paradigms already settled in the silent comedy like the usual slapstick jokes and cinematographic clowning, Die puppe tells a bizarre story that obliges us to think about social role of humans and their miseries. An ambiguous and bland young man, a noble worn and decrepit, lewd and lying monks, a doll automata builder, and his shameless daughter conform a cast of characters who -as it is common in Lubitsch's cinema- are decisive and better structured that the plot supporting their adventures.
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