Mister Quaker is a US oyster magnate (the film does not feel or look American, but it really doesn’t matter) and has all the wealth in the world. His only desire is for his daughter Ossi (Ossi Oswalda) to find a suitable match. Is Prince Nucki the man for a very strong-willed young woman? A flippant satire and at times a slightly risqué film.
Lubitsch garnered 73 director credits, shooting some of the most famous films ever made, mostly comedies such as To Be or Not to Be (1942) and Ninotchka (‘Garbo laughs’, said the poster).
“The Oyster Princess is a comedy of manners, starring a quartet of characters who possess precisely none.” (Michael Ewins, sensesofcinema.com)
Dir: Ernst Lubitsch 58mins Germany 1919
Accompanied on piano by Andrew Youdell of the National Film Theatre. Plus supporting programme.
7.30pm start at St Nicolas’ Church, Market Place, Abingdon.