The young Ernst Lubitsch is at his most outrageous in this unbridled
satirical comedy, one of cinema's earliest and most entertaining
cross-dressing farces. Perfectly cast as the scurrilous tomboy is
Ossi Oswalda, the onetime dancer who appeared in several of Lubitsch's
early films, most notably Die
) and Die Puppe
Ossi's popularity and exposure earned her the nickname of the German
Mary Pickford and she is glorious in this slapstick-laden humour fest.
That famous Lubitsch touch, which would become so evident during the
director's prolific Hollywood years, is very much in evidence in this
silent film, along with a distinctive anti-authoritarian streak.
Even today, Ich möchte kein
daringly risqué - not because a woman should
dare to dress and act as a man, but because of its overt homosexual
allusions, which would become virtually taboo a generation later.
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Young Ossi rebels against her authoritarian aunt and uncle by smoking,
drinking and playing cards...