Kohlhiesel's daughters (1920)
|Original title||Kohlhiesel's daughters|
|Country of production||Germany|
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.
The story experienced further remakes in the following decades :
- 1943 directed by Kurt Hoffmann with Heli Finkenzeller .
- 1955 under the title Ja, ja, die Liebe in Tirol with Carla Hagen and Doris Kirchner
- 1962 directed by Axel von Ambesser with Liselotte Pulver
- 1978 as soft porn under the title The inn of sinful daughters
- 1979 again as a porn film under the title Kohlpiesels Töchter
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
- Kohlhiesels daughters in the Internet Movie Database (English)
- Kohlhiesel's daughters at filmportal.de