The housing shortage

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Original title The housing shortage
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 1920
Director Ernst Lubitsch
script Hanns Kräly ,
Ernst Lubitsch
production Paul Davidson
for projection group "Union"
music Martin button

The Housing Shortage is a German film sketch by Ernst Lubitsch from 1920. It is one of the director's missing films. The premiere took place on February 6, 1920 in the Schauburg-Lichtspiele in Berlin .


The plot is divided into two acts. Ossi Oswalda and Victor Janson represent two apartment hunters, while Marga Köhler is a room landlady. The housing shortage deals with the real housing calamity in sketch form and "in a joking manner [...] , with the" tragedy, humorous sides "being wrested. Lubitsch and Kräly used a sketch in the film that they had written especially for Ossi Oswalda.


The housing shortage was advertised at the premiere as a "cheerful film sketch". The critics praised the naturalness of Ossi Oswalda and Victor Janson and found: "The audience had a laudable conversation and gave lively applause."

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Individual evidence

  1. The housing shortage . In: Illustrierte Filmwoche , Vol. 8, No. 23, 1920, p. 211.
  2. ^ Hermann G. Weinberg: The Lubitsch touch: a critical study . Dutton, New York 1968, p. 309.
  3. The cinema program: The housing shortage . In: Der Film , No. 5, 1920, p. 51.
  4. The premieres of the week . In: Film-Kurier , Vol. 2, No. 33, February 8, 1920.