A margin of playful ambiguity: Off-screen space in The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (Ernst Lubitsch, 1927) = Un margen de alegre ambigüedad. El fuera de campo en El príncipe estudiante (Ernst Lubitsch, 1927) Articles uri icon

publication date

  • June 2019

start page

  • 47

end page

  • 60


  • 27

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1885-3730

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2340-6992


  • The films made by Ernst Lubitsch in Hollywood during the 1920s contravene the norms of the classical style, especially through the use of off-screen space. The silent films of this director from Berlin violate one of the basic premises of the classical model: that the spectator must be positioned in the best possible location to be able to see everything easily. In addition, the way space is treated in these films is at times ambiguous and not always in keeping with causal logic. To explain exactly how these deviations from the norm cx:cur, this article offers a detailed analysis of three sequences in The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (Ernst Lubitsch, 1927), in which the off-screen space is activated in different ways.


  • lubitsch; cine mudo; estilo clásico; fuera de campo; elipsis; el príncipe estudiante; silent films; classical style; off-screen space; ellipsis; the student prince in old heidelberg