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Dietrich and director Josef von Sternberg met in Germany when he plucked her from obscurity for the starring role of The Blue Angel, after which she came to America and instant stardom. A string of films with Sternberg created her image as an exotic source of fascination, both ethereal and sexually knowing. Three of those outings are included in this package. Morocco, their first Hollywood movie together, is a delirious look at a cabaret singer taken with a Foreign Legion soldier (the young Gary Cooper). Dressed in masculine clothes for her act, Dietrich already displays a sexual confidence that fairly burns off the screen. Blonde Venus has a soap opera-ish plot about a woman's fall and rise, but Dietrich's commitment to the part is complete; plus, there's an outrageous faux-African number that begins with Dietrich dressed in a gorilla costume. Cary Grant looks on in astonishment.
The Devil Is a Woman is an unmitigated Sternberg-Dietrich masterpiece, and their final movie together. Here Marlene is a Spanish vixen making life exciting and miserable for Lionel Atwill (a lookalike stand-in for Josef von Sternberg himself). The film is an eye-popping light-painting draped with feathers, mesh, and confetti, all of which are in service to a fundamentally serious inquiry into the knotty business of men and women.
Putting three of the Paramount Dietrich-Sternberg films in this collection and leaving out the other three is either carelessness or marketing strategy. In any case, the other two movies in this package are not at the same level, but certainly good fun. The Flame of New Orleans, director Rene Clair's first Hollywood picture, is a gorgeously photographed comedy with a delightful role for its star. Dietrich is stuck choosing between aristocrat Roland Young and rough sailor Bruce Cabot. The look on her face as she listens to helpful advice about wedding-night conjugal realities from a matron is a riot of erotic mischief. Golden Earrings is a crazy story about Ray Milland getting stuck behind German lines in the early days of WWII, and being taken in by gypsy girl Dietrich. Even here, nearly 20 years after her first stardom, she's still Dietrich. The hair may be dyed black, but the cheekbones are unmistakable. --Robert Horton
I was very surprised by the production and entertainment value of these movies.
The fifth and final film...is the one that is rarely seen and the one that has become my favorite movie starring Marlene Dietrich and Ray Milland.
I am happy to report that the films in Universal's Marlene Dietrich collection all look very good.
The discs were made in Mexico.
Five great films with good quality and sound. Enjoyed them all.
I was very surprised by the production and entertainment value of these movies. I may have seen some of these growing up, but I cant remember them. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Greg From Oregon
What a gal ! These are old, but you can see and feel her star quality ! What gorgeous dame with real talent !Published 3 months ago by D. V. Lagasse
I only wanted to see the one movie and loved it. The rest were just a bit too old.
Still, she is who she is and a good actress
I got this for the Golden Earrings which is a great movie. If you like TCM you will like this DVDPublished 4 months ago by Ralph A. Linder Jr.
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