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Shoe Palace, The

SCHUHPALAST PINKUS in 1916 was Ernst Lubitsch’s first successful film as a director. This film was produced with the famous “Lubitsch touch” that made the Berliner a worldwide success. Sally Pinkus is a lazy student whose interests lie more in girls than in his homework. He flunks school and becomes a salesman in a shoe store. This does not last for long, since he engages in a flirtatious romance with his boss’ daughter who fires him immediately. Lubitsch’s popular comedy is often compared to the early Marx-Brother films. He uses frivolous wit with skill, so that his audience is shocked yet never insulted and always delighted.

Sally Pinkus proves to be a Casanova at a very young age. His interests lie primarily in flirting with girls rather than doing his school work. The result is that he flunks out of school. With luck, Sally finds a job as a shoe salesman. His boss, however, is unhappy with Sally’s work ethic as the young salesman spends his time flirting with his boss’ daughter rather than selling shoes. Sally is fired but soon finds another job in a large shoe store called Meyersohn. He meets the dancer Melitta who is so impressed by the boy, that she lends him 30,000 marks for him to open his own shoe store. His store is an enormous success and Sally can pay back the borrowed money soon. Yet why should he pay back the money, when he could just marry the beautiful dancer instead? Sally considers this as the best idea of his life, and Melitta agrees…


Pierre Oser, Raimund Ritz, Jan Kunkel

  Ensemble (1 - 15 Musicians)    
clarinet, piano, cello
sync fps