Girls Will Be Boys

Live musical accompaniment by Maud Nelissen and Frank Bockius


Castro Theatre Sun, Jun 5, 2016 12:00 PM
$16 general / $14 member
Film Info
Total Run Time:62 min


I Don’t Want to Be a Man (Ich möchte kein Mann sein)
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch | Germany, 1918 | 45 m.
with Ossi Oswalda, Curt Goetz, Ferry Sikla

What's the World Coming To?
Directed by Richard Wallace | USA, 1926 | 22 m. |
With Clyde Cook, Katherine Grant, James Finlayson

Inspired by Laura Horak’s fascinating new book of the same title, Girls Will Be Boys includes two delectable comedies that feature cross-dressing protagonists. In Ernst Lubitsch’s I Don’t Want to Be a Man, the high-spirited Ossi longs for the freedom to smoke and drink and carouse just like a man, so has herself fitted for a tuxedo.

The zany Hal Roach production of What’s the World Coming To? takes place in a future “one hundred years from now—when men have become more like women and women more like men.” The film opens with the “blushing groom” approaching the altar where his tuxedoed bride awaits to be consecrated in the hilarious ever-after.

Restoration of What's the World Coming To? by the San Francisco Silent Film Festival was completed in partnership with Carleton University and New York University.

Live musical accompaniment by Maud Nelissen and Frank Bockius

Introduction by Laura Horak

Co-presented by Frameline, Berlin & Beyond, and BAMPFA

ASL interpretation provided