The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg(Old Heidelberg)(The Student Prince) (1928)
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as Prince Karl Heinrich
as Dr. Juttner
as King Karl VII
as Heir Apparent
as Court Marshal
as Old Ruder
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It seems "Roman Holiday" was merely a reworking of themes first presented here. Always enjoy watching the iconic Hersholt.
"It must be great to be a Prince"...or so it seems. But the Prince, in this tale, feels otherwise...seemingly trapped by his lofty station in life. Enviously watching other kids playing in the field beyond the palace's iron gates - which act as prison bars isolating him from the outside world. It is only when the Prince (Ramon Novarro) becomes old enough to go to college does he finally start to feel what life is really all about. His entourage stops at a commoner's inn to decide if he wants to board there. When the innkeeper's pretty niece (Norma Shearer) demonstrates how soft and bouncy-bouncy the beds are...the blushing Prince decides this may not be a bad place to stay afterall... The Student Prince in Old Heidelburg is one of the better crafted romantic comedies I have seen from the silent era. Even in this early film you can sense director Ernst Lubitsch honing his signature style - witty dialogue & action, sexy innuendo, expert camera work and edits. I don't really want to say too much more lest the ending be spoiled...
an early lubitsch film of the famous operetta. lucky for me it's the silent version ;) some beautiful sequences, especially the night scene in a meadow, and typical lubitsch humor moving the plot along. ramon novarro was very sweet as the prince! i haven't seen him before tho i understand he became quite famous as the new 'latin lover' after the death of valentino. norma shearer is ok but i thought she was miscast in this. at least i didn't have to hear them sing :p
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