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Imagination, Innovation, Spectacle

Madame Dubarry

She wants to be the most powerful woman in France… Don’t miss Ernst Lubitsch’s tragicomic epic.

Image from Madame Dubarry

Germany 1919
Dir Ernst Lubitsch
With Pola Negri, Emil Jannings, Reinhold Schünzel
Certificate PG
With live piano accompaniment*

Louis XV (Jannings) is smitten by a Parisian shopgirl (Negri) with an insatiable appetite for sex, food, fashion and fun. But as she schemes to become the most powerful woman in France, the spectre of revolution looms. Combining breathtaking spectacle with a sharp eye for telling detail, this tragicomic epic was a passport to Hollywood for both Lubitsch and Negri.

Print and permission courtesy Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung.

+ Messter-Woche
Germany 1920. 3min
© German Federal Archives, Film Collection
President Ebert visits the set of Lubitsch’s Anna Boleyn.

*Live piano accompaniment by Cyrus Gabrysch (12 May) and John Sweeney (28 May).


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