Where is My Treasure?

1916

Comedy

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June 07, 2020 at 01:07 AM

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Ernst Lubitsch as Der Gatte
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347.08 MB
968*720
German 2.0
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17.982 fps
12 hr 37 min
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644.21 MB
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German 2.0
NR
17.982 fps
12 hr 37 min
P/S 10 / 36

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Reviewed by FerdinandVonGalitzien 6 / 10

It's Rough But Therein Lays Its Charm

The most dangerous threat to the happiness of any young married couple, besides matrimony itself, are the mothers-in-law; this terrible feminine lobby, since the dawn of time , has always meddled and tried to disturb the tranquillity of newlyweds and sometimes their evil schemes succeeded in making a contented life impossible for the youngsters.

The great German director, Herr Ernst Lubitsch, captured pretty well these universal mother-in-law treacherous manoeuvres in "Als Ich Tot War" ( When I Was Dead ) (1916) a two-reel silent comedy shown recently at the Schloss theatre.

The film depicts the story of a young married couple ( Herr Ernst Lubitsch himself and Frau Louise Schenrich ) who live in the same apartment with their mother-in-law ( Frau Lanchen Voss ), a terrible mistake. At least if the mother-in-law lives far away, her dangerous intentions require more exertion to work. Herr Ernst likes very much to play chess with his pals at the club, a thrilling sport that will bring him a lot of problems ( that's what happens when you play such weird games ). One night Herr Ernst arrives home late due to one of those exciting and lengthy chess matches and finds the door to his home locked, forcing him to sleep on the stairs. It is not necessary to say that the party responsible for such an evil act is his mother-in-law who continually uses the long chess matches to poison her daughter's mind against her husband. She finally succeeds and Frau Luise divorces her mate.

But Herr Ernst's revenge will be terrible: His mother-in-law puts an ad in the newspaper for a butler so, anticipating many modernen superheroes, he dons a disguise and answers the ad (Herr Ernst s disguise consists only of a wig but nobody seems to recognize him). Now, inside his old home and thanks to his wig, his sex appeal will attract the maid and even his mother-in-law!, In what it is one of the most insidious plans of vengeance ever contemplated. Herr Ernst will try to seduce his mother-in-law in order to shame her and finally banish her from his home.

"Als Ich Tot War" is a funny silent comedy, typical of Herr Lubitsch's youngster days. It's rough but therein lays its charm. The funny and simple situations depicted in the film and its light, easy and inoffensive humour is of the sort that have pleased audiences for centuries before the silent screen. Herr Lubitsch of course will later become one of the most important film directors in cinema history but he's a long way from that here.

And now, if you'll allow me, I must temporarily take my leave because this German Count must play chess with one of his mothers-in-law.

Herr Graf Ferdinand Von Galitzien http://ferdinandvongalitzien.blogspot.com

Reviewed by Otoboke 7 / 10

An Amusing Evening of Chess

Ernst Lubitsch writes, stars and directs in one of his earliest features Wo ist mein Schatz—a humble and charming one-note comedy about a man stuck between his rock and a hard place; the mother-in- law. It is, I believe, his earliest surviving feature known about today, and while it doesn't quite showcase the future-famed director's skills quite as strikingly as Madame DuBarry would just a few years later, there's still enough here to make for an amusing and light-hearted half-hour. Louise Schenrich is charming and aloof as Der Gatte's (Lubitsch) easily-tempered wife and Lanchen Voss is notably subdued in her portrayal of a demanding and manipulative mother-in-law. Lubitsch himself is the central star however and his performance is at times a joy to watch, even if his disregard for the "third wall" borders on the absurd. Most importantly though, there's a moral to the story here. Never share a house of matrimony with your lover's mother, and if your wife kicks up about your interest in attending a chess tournament until one in the morning, offer to take up being a barfly instead.

Reviewed by Horst_In_Translation 4 / 10

Decent early Lubitsch

"Wo ist mein Schatz?" is just one of several German-language and English-language titles for this 35-minute short film. It is from the year 1916, the days of World War I and so this one has its 100th anniversary this year. The writer and director here is Ernst Lubitsch, in his early-mid-20s , but despite his age he was already a fairly experienced filmmaker because he started so early and was quickly very prolific. The title already gives away that this film is mostly comedy. Every other genre is almost non-existent or negligible (romance). Lubitsch also plays a main character himself in here as he frequently did in his early filmmaking day (a similarity to Fassbinder). This is of course quite a while away from the days Lubitsch became an Oscar-nominated filmmaker who made it big in Hollywood. In terms of the story here, I guess it was okay. Nothing really entertaining or funny and this film is not a must-see by any means, but people who like silent films more than I do may have a good time watching. I personally have little (actually, zero) interest in watching it again and that's why I give it a thumbs-down, even if it not a failure by any means.

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