Miss Soap Foam

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Original title Miss Soap Foam
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 1915
Director Ernst Lubitsch
script Ernst Lubitsch
production Paul Davidson
for projection group "Union"

Fräulein Seifenschaum is a German silent film by Ernst Lubitsch from 1915. It is considered Lubitsch's first directorial work and is one of the director's lost works.


With the outbreak of World War I , the men, including the barbers , are drafted. As a result, the women have to take over their work, and so mother and daughter split up the work in a barber shop: the daughter lathers the customers, while the mother then shaves the men more or less skillfully.

The customer Ernst also wants to be shaved. He makes the daughter look pretty and is resolutely thrown out of the shop by his mother. Ernst escapes by car with his great love and is followed by his mother on foot and finally by tricycle . The mother catches up with the couple by boat on a lake, where Ernst rocks her boat until the mother agrees to marry them. Because all three want to save the money for the taxi , they drive back together with the tricycle. In the end, Ernst lets Miss Soap Lather shave him, who cuts him regularly, but receives a kiss from him for each cut.


Fräulein Seifenschaum was filmed at Union-Film between spring and autumn 1914. The buildings came from Kurt Richter. The film premiered on June 25, 1915 in the Union Theater Alexanderplatz and the Union Theater Kurfürstendamm in Berlin . At the time, the one-act play was shown together with the film His brown girl produced by Oskar Messter and was around 330 meters long.

Fräulein Seifenschaum is considered to be the first film directed by Ernst Lubitsch, and brought him together for the first time with producer Paul Davidson , who later produced numerous films by Lubitsch.


Herta-Elisabeth Renk called Fräulein Seifenschaum a “solid satire on everyday war life”. In retrospect, other critics suspected that Fräulein Seifenschaum "must have been a breathtaking mix of situational and comical actions".

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Ernst Lubitsch. Cahiers du cinéma, Paris 1985, ISBN 2-86642-035-7 , p. 16.
  2. ^ Herta-Elisabeth Renk: Ernst Lubitsch. With personal testimonials and picture documents (= Rowohlt's monographs. Vol. 502). Rowohlt, Reinbek bei Hamburg 1992, ISBN 3-499-50502-9 , p. 26.
  3. Jürgen Kasten: The pride of the German film comedy. Ernst Lubitsch's early films 1914–1918. In: Harro Segeberg, Knut Hickethier , Corinna Müller (eds.): The modeling of the cinema. On the history of the cinema program between short film and feature film 1905 / 06–1918 (= media history of film. Vol. 2). Wilhelm Fink, Munich 1998, ISBN 3-7705-3244-9 , pp. 301-332, here p. 311 .