Silent movie – live music

PHACE | The doll

Smolka | Lubitsch

20.Mar. 2015 // 19:30
Wiener Konzerthaus, Berio-Saal
PHACE Series 13/14 – N°3


Martin Smolka


Die Puppe (1919)

Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Script: Hanns Kräly, Lubitsch
Cinematography: Theodor Sparkuhl
Starring: Ossi Oswalda, Hermann Thimig, Victor Janson, Jacob Tiedtke, Ernst Lubitsch




Simeon Pironkoff


Reinhold Brunner, clarinet
Sylvie Lacroix, flute
Christof Dienz, bassoon
Peter Travnik, trumpet
Berndt Thurner, Karin Meissl, percussion
Yaron Deutsch, e-guitar
Krassimir Sterev, accordion
Ivana Pristasova, violin
Maximilian Ölz, double bass

A phantastic silent movie comedy by famous German director Ernst Lubitsch with an extraordinary contemporary music score by Martin Smolka. Smolka scored it for for ensemble (flute, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, 2 percussions, electric guitar, accordion, violin and double bass.

Because the Baron of Chanterelle wants to preserve his family line, he forces his timid nephew Lancelot to choose one of the village maidens to wed. Lancelot flees to a monastery to escape the forty eager maidens. When the gluttonous monks discover that the Baron is offering a large sum for the marriage, they suggest Lancelot marry a mechanical doll instead. The doll maker has just finished making a replica of his daughter Ossi, but his assistant accidentally breaks it and convinces the real girl to mimic the doll. Lancelot buys her, thinking she is a doll, and takes her back to the monastery, where they are wed.


with Martin Smolka, Simeon Pironkoff and PHACE musicians

Discussions with composer Martin Smolka and the musicians will grant you deeper insight into the night’s program.

Event Dates

September 2017
  • Date
  • 24.Sep.2017 17:00

    Die Puppe

    MUSICA, Strasbourg


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