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Song Of Songs (1933)


Paramount Production 931

Between 1929 and 1935, Marlene Dietrich appeared in a series of films at Paramount for director Joseph von Sternberg. Von Sternberg began is relationship with Deitrich in 1929 when he went to Germany and cast her in his film THE BLUE ANGEL, a joint venture between UFA and Paramount. She became his Trilby to his Svengali. With determination, she sought to work with other directors. SONG OF SONGS is the one film she made during this tenure for another director, the gifted Rouben Mamoulian.

This was the story of an innocent country girl (Lily) who goes to live in the city with her aunt. Dietrich was able to convey the growth from naive girl to a woman of experience and disillusionment in one of her finest performances of the time. Risque was the theme and the nude statue for which she posed (legend has it that she did indeed pose
for it!).

Stills: 29, 32, 34, 47, 58, 62, 64, 82, 106, 125, 135, 1428-2/19 (12 Total)

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Desire (1936)


This is the first film which Marlene Dietrich completed after her Svengali years with Von Sternberg. A departure from the heavy melodrama's she had starred in for 6 years, this was a romantic comedy. She was re-united with her MOROCCO co star Gary Cooper and again the pair exuded sexual chemistry which burned up the nitrate film--- post code ethics made things less blatant, but plenty of "desire" was displayed nonetheless. Travis Banton clothes Dietrich is some of her most flattering contemporary gowns and costume pieces, which these stills display. Dietrich's crew of Paramount technicians followed her through and did her as much justice as in the Von Sternberg period. Without the heave artifice, Dietrich was allowed to be more free and shine on her own. This is the story of a lady jewel thief in Paris, who meets and engineer and must flea the country before she is caught. Some of the finest images of Dietrich, including still 9 which was used for a lobby card, and on the cover of the book FOYER PLEASURE. Though Frank Borzage is credited director, some of the film was directed by Ernst Lubitsch which may explain both Dietrich and Cooper's effervescent handling of the material in what is very much a Lubitsch "touched" effort.

Paramount Production 1065. Stills: 9, 34, 37, 40, 43, 47, 49, 63, 95, 101, 98, 116, 123, 135 (14 Total)

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