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The Oyster Princess (1919) with live score by Bee vs. Moth



When spoiled Ossi hears that her friend has married a count, her father promises to buy her a prince. The ensuing temper tantrums and mistaken identities make a comic mockery of Ossi’s moneyed world. From 1919, this film represents director Ernst Lubitsch’s early Berlin-era silent comedies, and it revels in lush, intricate sets and absurdly choreographed parades of servants.

Austin jazz/rock band Bee vs. Moth performs their original score live with the film. The band’s unique blend of influences as diverse as Charles Mingus and Television makes a rollicking accompaniment for this classic film.


Director(s): Ernst Lubitsch

Screenwriter(s): Hanns Kraly, Ernst Lubitsch

Cinematographer: Theodor Sparkuhl

Production Designer: Kurt Richter

Principal Cast: Ossi Oswalda, Victor Janson, Julius Falkenstein, Harry Liedtke

Director Bio


Ernst Lubitsch (1892 – 1947) began his directing career in Berlin, and moved to America in 1922. His urbane comedies, most famously The Shop Around the Corner and Heaven Can Wait, were known throughout Hollywood to have “the Lubitsch touch.” Lubitsch directed films for Warner Brothers, MGM, and Paramount.

Bee vs. Moth returns to SXSW Film Festival to premiere their original soundtrack for The Oyster Princess. The band's energetic blend of jazz and rock has been featured on NPR's All Songs Considered, PBS' Roadtrip Nation, and in nearly 10 years of performance in Austin and throughout the US.


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