Josef von Sternberg
Marlene Dietrich, Emil Jannings, Kurt Gerron, Rosa Valetti, Hans Albers
German; English; French
Marlene Dietrich in her first iconic femme fatale role, and her first collaboration with Josef von Sternberg. The director's use of lighting, composition and of silence as sound is remarkable, and his overall creation of a world that can seduce and destroy even its most upstanding citizen, attest to his greatness. This story of a teacher (Emil Jannings) whose efforts to catch his students at the cabaret lead to his infatuation with the star of the show (Dietrich) remains just as potent, and the new restoration is a sight to behold.
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