Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927)



What was the Lubitsch touch? If you would like to learn one answer, you might wish to see a film that some believe was a masterpiece directed by Ernst Lubitsch at the end of the silent era, The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927). This movie, which can still evoke rhapsodic responses from viewers, is currently only available on VHS and appears on the TCM schedule occasionally, (it is currently scheduled to be shown again on TCM on April 30, 2011 at 4:00AM ET). For this viewer, it holds a special place in my film-viewing memory as one of most tender and rapturous love stories ever filmed, undimmed by time and still able to evoke a wistful smile when I think of seeing it for the first time.

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