"Meyer aus Berlin" (1919) By Ernst Lubitsch

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"Meyer aus Berlin" (1919) By Ernst Lubitsch

PostSat Jul 09, 2011 9:47 am

Teutonic bourgeois like German aristocrats, from time to time need some
fresh air in order to take a break from their matrimony obligations
that become dangerously monotonous. So that's precisely what Herr Meyer ( Herr Ernst Lubitsch ) from Berlin did. He took a trip to the Tyrol in
Switzerland, leaving behind his wife Frau Paula ( Frau Ethel Orff ),
and had a good time with the help of an accomplice, his personal
doctor.

Once in the Tyrol and accordingly dressed like the natives of such a
neutral country, Herr Meyer will meet an idle bourgeois woman, Frau
Kitty ( Frau Trude Troll ). She is also spending a trifle time in the
same elegant hotel (with the permission in this case of her fiancée);
She's a beautiful fraulein who constantly is harassed by gentlemen and
Herr Meyer isn't exactly an exception about this… "Meyer aus Berlin" (
Meyer From Berlin ) (1919) is a characteristic Herr Lubitsch film from
his German early silent period. It's a satiric and ironic view about
matrimony and bourgeoisie, in where sarcastic comments, puns and
hilarious situations gives Herr Lubitsch the chance to do what he likes
most. That's to depict the battle of sexes and the peculiar
relationship and behaviour among men and women in the institution of
matrimony, strict obligations and rules that obviously were made in
order to be broken as the German director ( and aristocrats ) have
known for ages. Flirting, deceit and lies are men's favourite games and
minor sins ...until your wife discovers everything, natürlich!...

Besides being a light comedy as trivial as any matrimony, "Meyer aus
Berlin" is also a peculiar early mountain film. (However, in Herr
Lubitsch's parameters, natürlich!) So thanks Gott there is no trace of
epic climbing, snow or ski races in the film. On the contrary, for Herr
Meyer the idea to climb the mount Watzmann as suggested this by Frau
Kitty is a terrible idea; Kitty, as it happened with other vigorous
Teutonic women, very much likes this genuine German sport, , but to
Meyer, it's a tedious and sweating plan that he doesn't like at al
preferring more exciting sports like chasing maids or wooing Frau
Kitty.

Filmed after "Carmen" (1918), the big budget costume film production
that gave Herr Lubitsch world fame and reputation outside Germany,
"Meyer aus Berlin" is more prosaic and light entertainment. It is one
of these comedies that the German director inserted between expensive
and huge film projects. This doesn't mean that these comedies are
simple ones, not at all; such pictures display inventive technical
effects and careful sceneries that are filmed accordingly with peculiar
contemporary stories.

And now, if you'll allow me, I must temporarily take my leave because
this German Count must play the aristocrat's favourite games mentioned
before.

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PostSat Jul 09, 2011 10:18 am

Could the German count perhaps say where others can see Meyer aus Berlin?
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Re: "Meyer aus Berlin" (1919) By Ernst Lubitsch

PostSat Jul 09, 2011 4:12 pm

Ferdinand Von Galitzien wrote:On the contrary, for Herr
Meyer the idea to climb the mount Watzmann as suggested this by Frau
Kitty is a terrible idea; Kitty, as it happened with other vigorous
Teutonic women, very much likes this genuine German sport, , but to
Meyer, it's a tedious and sweating plan that he doesn't like at al
preferring more exciting sports like chasing maids or wooing Frau
Kitty.


It is this kind of common sense that makes Herr Lubitsch's characters so appealing, and his films so much fun.
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PostSat Jul 09, 2011 6:22 pm

ymmv wrote:Could the German count perhaps say where others can see Meyer aus Berlin?


This Lubitsch was considerer lost until recently has resurfaced in some humid and aristocratic vault, so having in mind this, the Schloss theater is the perfect and only place in order to watch such rare and exclusive Lubitsch early oeuvre, a special prémiere by invitation only, natürlich!!!...

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PostSat Jul 09, 2011 9:31 pm

Ferdinand Von Galitzien wrote:
ymmv wrote:Could the German count perhaps say where others can see Meyer aus Berlin?


This Lubitsch was considerer lost until recently has resurfaced in some humid and aristocratic vault, so having in mind this, the Schloss theater is the perfect and only place in order to watch such rare and exclusive Lubitsch early oeuvre, a special prémiere by invitation only, natürlich!!!...




Alternately, you might contact the EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam; they are listed in the FIAF database as holding material on this film.

~Roger
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PostSun Jul 10, 2011 2:04 pm

I have seen "Meyer aus Berlin" few years ago at the Munich Filmmuseum. The surviving version with dutch intertitles and a spoken translation. It was one of the funniest movies I've ever seen in cinema!!!
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PostSun Jul 10, 2011 3:45 pm

Ferdinand Von Galitzien wrote:
ymmv wrote:Could the German count perhaps say where others can see Meyer aus Berlin?


This Lubitsch was considerer lost until recently has resurfaced in some humid and aristocratic vault, so having in mind this, the Schloss theater is the perfect and only place in order to watch such rare and exclusive Lubitsch early oeuvre, a special prémiere by invitation only, natürlich!!!...

Herr Graf Ferdinand Von Galitzien
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A real answer would have been nice, Fred. Without making clear where and how you've seen movies that are not out on DVD your reviews start to drift into "F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre" territory, if you like it or not.
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PostSun Jul 10, 2011 3:54 pm

There's been a good copy floating around at least since the Lubitsch series at the Film Forum in 2006.

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PostSun Jul 10, 2011 4:39 pm

ymmv wrote:
Ferdinand Von Galitzien wrote:
ymmv wrote:Could the German count perhaps say where others can see Meyer aus Berlin?


This Lubitsch was considerer lost until recently has resurfaced in some humid and aristocratic vault, so having in mind this, the Schloss theater is the perfect and only place in order to watch such rare and exclusive Lubitsch early oeuvre, a special prémiere by invitation only, natürlich!!!...

Herr Graf Ferdinand Von Galitzien
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A real answer would have been nice, Fred. Without making clear where and how you've seen movies that are not out on DVD your reviews start to drift into "F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre" territory, if you like it or not.


Excuse me?!... Believe it or not, this Herr Graf only reviews silent films that, obviously and due to his aristocratic privileges, are avaliable in the Schloss silent film archives thanks to such exclusive film sources.

So, you ask for "A real answer", isn't it?.., well, here it goes:

"Meyer aus Berlin" was enjoyed by this Herr Von thanks to a copy aired by the European televison network "3sat" ( broadcast primarily in the major countries of the German-speaking world, that is to say, Germany, Austria und Switzerland ) some years ago, a Dutch nitrate copy of Herr Lubitsch's "Meyer aus Berlin" than included Dutch original intertitles and German subtitles.

As you can see there is no trace of "F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre territory" at all...

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PostSun Jul 10, 2011 5:12 pm

That television copy is very nice indeed considering it presumably hasn't been restored.
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PostWed Jul 13, 2011 1:41 pm

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Alternately, you might contact the EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam; they are listed in the FIAF database as holding material on this film.

~Roger[/quote]

Indeed, the one and only print of MEYER AUS BERLIN is held by us at EYE Film Instituut Nederland. The film is preserved and gets screened very regularly at festivals, unfortunately, I cannot direct you to another source to view the film.
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PostWed Jul 13, 2011 1:43 pm

silentmovies742 wrote:That television copy is very nice indeed considering it presumably hasn't been restored.


I think the tv broadcast was from our restored version. However, to my knowledge, we have never issued a DVD or a VHS, so I dont know about the quality of anything that circulates.
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PostWed Oct 26, 2016 12:10 pm

ymmv wrote:Could the German count perhaps say where others can see Meyer aus Berlin?


YouTube has a very nice upload of MEYER, complete with a decent musical accompaniment and English subtitles. I just looked the film up, and it seems that Meyer goes to Bavaria instead of Austria, by mistake, although this is not explained in the subtitles. The write-up (Wiki) does not explain how their respective spouses get to the right place when they also ask for the Tyrol...
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PostWed Oct 26, 2016 1:22 pm

earlytalkiebuffRob wrote:
ymmv wrote:Could the German count perhaps say where others can see Meyer aus Berlin?


YouTube has a very nice upload of MEYER, complete with a decent musical accompaniment and English subtitles. I just looked the film up, and it seems that Meyer goes to Bavaria instead of Austria, by mistake, although this is not explained in the subtitles. The write-up (Wiki) does not explain how their respective spouses get to the right place when they also ask for the Tyrol...


Lubitsch used to take a working holiday in the mountains, resulting in one mountain comedy a year.

Bob
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Re: "Meyer aus Berlin" (1919) By Ernst Lubitsch

PostSat Oct 29, 2016 9:27 pm

I miss the Count's reviews. And the blog.
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PostSun Oct 30, 2016 6:15 pm

dr.giraud wrote:I miss the Count's reviews. And the blog.


Do you or someone here knows what happened to him?. I have visited his blog and read many of his reviews and then all stopped.
Agree with you, miss his writings. I learned so much about silent films from him.
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Re: "Meyer aus Berlin" (1919) By Ernst Lubitsch

PostThu Mar 30, 2017 4:04 pm

Danke Schon mein liebers for such kind words about this Herr Graf's silent reviews; due to the many triffle obligations that this Herr Von must attend it's a very complicated matter for him (more specifically his not well-paid scribes) to continue with such wonderful passtime hoping that in a future he will be able to resume such pleasure, In the meantime let's keep enjoying the middle and upper classes "NitrateVille", jawohl!!.

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