Romeo and Juliet in the snow

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Original title Romeo and Juliet in the snow
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 1920
length 40 minutes
Director Ernst Lubitsch
script Hanns Kräly ,
Ernst Lubitsch
production Maxim movie
camera Theodor Sparkuhl

Romeo and Juliet in the Snow is a German silent film by Ernst Lubitsch from 1920. The grotesque was based on motifs from William Shakespeare's drama Romeo and Juliet .


The small village of Schwabstedt in the Black Forest : Ever since Mr. Capulethofer and Mr. Montekugerl wanted to bribe the village judge with a sausage during a trial and therefore both were determined to pay the negotiation costs, there has been enmity between the farming families. Juliet is supposed to marry young Paris, but at first sight she falls in love with Romeo, the son of the Montekugerl family, who has returned to the village after a year of military service.

A mask festival is coming up, at which Paris Julia wants to court. Romeo, however, manages to get him drunk and slip into his costume. Romeo and Juliet decide to get married that same night. Julia, however, is now supposed to be engaged to Paris against her will. Together with Romeo, she buys poison from a pharmacist, which, however, turns out to be sugar water after ingestion in a barn. Since Julia has left her family with a suicide note, the excitement is great. The Capulethofers and the Montekugerls get to the barn together, where they find the lovers playing dead. Over the common lamentation of the lost children, Romeo and Juliet "wake up" and finally, to everyone's relief, announce that they are going to get married.


The shooting took place in the Maxim studios on Blücherstraße in Berlin and in Menzenschwand in the Black Forest .

The world premiere of Romeo and Juliet in the Snow took place on March 12, 1920 in the Mozart Hall and in the UT Kurfürstendamm in Berlin. Three days before Romeo and Juliet in the Snow , Kohlhiesel's daughters , another Shakespeare adaptation by Lubitsch, had already come to the cinemas.


Contemporary critics described the script as “the stronger one compared to the film Kohlhiesels Töchter, which appeared almost at the same time ; the plot shows more wealth and development. Situation comedy is not at all an expression of what this film is overly saturated with. The scenes, the guys are just shattering the diaphragm. The guys - yes, they're just excellent. [...] Lubitsch's work, rich in ideas and picture-perfect, is a complete success. "

Other critics found the direct comparison with Kohlhiesel's daughters to be negative for the grotesque: “One can actually regret that, because without the memory of the exuberantly funny, primeval Henny Porten pleasure game with the fabulous management of this film star in a double role, he certainly works latest peasant swaying very amusing. "

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ W .: Romeo and Juliet in the snow . In: Lichtbild-Bühne, No. 12/13, March 27, 1920.
  2. ^ Film-Kurier, No. 64, March 28, 1920.