Directorial Elements in Ernst Lubitsch’s “The Smiling Lieutenant (1931)”


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Directorial Elements in Ernst Lubitsch's "The Smiling Lieutenant (1931)"
This paper will analyze the “The Lubitsch Touch”, the Comedy of Manners, The French Well-Made Play,” and “The Lubitsch Heroine” found within the film The Smiling Lieutenant (1931). By analyzing these aspects of the film, Lubitsch uses wit, humor, and satire, as a way to convey the characters and the plot structures of the films that he implies in this type of early post-silent film era style. He often uses visual and physical ploys and props to indicate meanings without “spelling them out”, which is part of the satirical humor that is part of the Lubitsch touch found in The Smiling Lieutenant. In essence, these elements of Lubitsch’s style will be analyzed within this...
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..... hilarious examples of kitsch theater, Lubitsch applies a traditional setting to imply the sexual diversity of romance within the love triangle. In this way, Franzi is a Lubitsch heroine in that she gives up her vanity and eventually helps the princess to reveal her more ‘sexy’ side to induce the love of the officer. These elements of the Silent Lieutenant are important ways in which Lubitsch set a genre for satirical romantic comedy in film history during the 1930s.
Works Cited:
“Masters Of The American Cinema” – “The Cinema of Ernst Lubitsch” Customer put bibliography here for Lubitsch analysis, I only received files of the text.
The Silent Lieutenant. Dir. Ernst Lubitsch. Perfs. Maurice Chevalier, Claudette Colbert. USA: Criterion, 2008.