Women In Comedy: Two Silent Classics
In celebration of the roles of women in film comedy, the Carsey-Wolf Center is proud to present a pair of classic short films from the silent period—Won in a Cupboard (1914) and The Oyster Princess (1919)—with live piano accompaniment by Michael Mortilla.
Won in a Cupboard is the earliest extant film directed by Mabel Normand, the great silent film comedian, producer, and writer-director. Centering on a pair of young lovers, their parents, and a case of mistaken identity, the film showcases Normand’s gift for physical comedy and her interest in cinematic innovation.
In Lubitsch’s The Oyster Princess (Die Austernprinzessin), a spoiled American heiress (Ossi Oswalda) seeks the hand of impoverished German prince (Harry Liedtke). The cautious prince sends his friend Josef (Julius Falkenstein) to check out Ossi before he commits, but complications ensue when Josef takes a liking to her .