Kohlhiesel's daughters (1920)

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Original title Kohlhiesel's daughters
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 1920
length 63 minutes
Director Ernst Lubitsch
script Hanns Kräly
Ernst Lubitsch
music Giuseppe Becce
camera Theodor Sparkuhl

Kohlhiesels Töchter is a German comedy film by Ernst Lubitsch from 1920. The silent film with Henny Porten in a double role is based on the farmer's swing of the same name.


The film takes place in the Bavarian Alps. The village landlord Mathias Kohlhiesel has two daughters whom he would like to marry off. This shouldn't be difficult for the pretty Gretel, but the ugly and scratchy Liesel should hardly find a bridegroom. Father Mathias therefore only allows Gretel to marry as soon as Liesel is under the hood. The two boys Peter and Paul are both in love with Gretel. Peter is a daredevil, while Paul is very shy. But the intelligent Paul convinces Peter that after a wedding with the ugly Liesel, a divorce could immediately follow. This would clear the way for Peter for a relationship with Gretel. So Peter marries Liesel. But Liesel turns out to be a very pleasant wife. She carefully devotes herself to her husband, but he only replies with roughness, only to be divorced quickly. Liesel is initially disappointed with married life and decides to change. The once ugly Liesel evolves into a woman as attractive as her sister Gretel. With Liesel's change, Peter finally becomes a loving husband. Divorce is no longer an option. So the way is free for Paul too and he can marry his beloved Gretel.


The peasant vacillation about two dissimilar sisters is based on William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew . The buildings for this film, produced by Messter-Film GmbH for UFA, were designed by Jack Winter , while the costumes were designed by Hans Baluschek . The shooting took place in January / February 1920 in Grainau near Garmisch-Partenkirchen and in the Ufa studio in Berlin-Tempelhof . The premiere of the film was on March 9, 1920 in the Ufa-Palast am Zoo in Berlin. It was commercially successful and became Lubitsch's most popular film fun game in Germany.

In the sound film remake of 1930, Henny Porten again played the dissimilar sisters under the direction of Hans Behrendt .

The story experienced further remakes in the following decades :


In 1920, the critic Herbert Ihering was of the opinion that the unbearably sweet and teasing peasant game filmed on stage would gain in grace and wit, and expressly referred his praise to the porten, whose representations he was otherwise rather averse.

"The later famous" Lubitsch touch "is still not to be felt in this short film, rather the motto is: the coarser the gag, the more certain the laugh."


  • Fred Gehler Kohlhiesel's daughters . In Günther Dahlke, Günther Karl (Hrsg.): German feature films from the beginnings to 1933. A film guide. Henschel Verlag, 2nd edition, Berlin 1993, p. 42 f. ISBN 3-89487-009-5

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Individual evidence

  1. after Fred Gehler in German Feature Films from the Beginnings to 1933 , p. 43
  2. Kohlhiesel's daughters. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed August 28, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used