Kohlhiesel's Daughters (1920) - Ernst Lubitsch Silent Comedy

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"Kohlhiesel's Daughters" ("Kohlhiesels Töchter" - 1920) is a comedy that is about equally indebted to Shakespere's "The Taming of the Shrew" and the Tevye stories of Sholem Aleichem.

Mr. Kohlhiesel has two marriageable daughters. The younger one is pretty and sweet-natured, the older is just the opposite. The younger wishes to marry the boy she loves, but that isn't possible because the older daughter must be married first. The problem is finding a man crazy enough to marry such a difficult woman.

This is probably Lubitsch's funniest silent film, a broad slapstick farce played out in the beautiful snowswept Bavarian Alps. Henny Porten is outstanding as both sisters, and she receives excellent support from Emil Jannings and Gustav von Wangenheim as the two suiters and Jakob Tiedtke as the long-suffering father.

This video is taken from the public domain copy residing in the Internet Archive. That one has German intertitles and French subtitles. I replaced them with a complete set of English intertitles. The lovely score is from the original.
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