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Tuesday
May312016

HMWYBS: Marlene Dietrich Double Feature

For this week's Best Shot episode we featured two Josef Von Sternberg & Marlene Dietrich pictures. The famous Director/Muse pair made seven films together but we asked Best Shot volunteers to do either Morocco (1930) or Blonde Venus (1932), their first two Hollywood pictures. Let's get right to the choices - click on the photos to enjoy the corresponding articles and participating blogs...

MOROCCO (1930)
Directed by Josef Von Sternberg. Cinematography by Lee Garmes
Nominated for 4 Oscars including Cinematography

What becomes a legend most?
-Dancin Dan on Film


It bizarrely holds together even when the seams look like they are going to burst apart at any second from being buffeted by sand...
-Scopophiliac at the Movies

She strikes quite a figure though throughout the film...
-Sorta That Guy 

BLONDE VENUS (1932)
Directed by Josef Von Sternberg. Cinematography by Bert Glennon

An impression she gives you in one moment she might take back with force in the very next...
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The frame is much less fussy when Helen is in her element.
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Reader Comments (1)

Love all the shot choices. Both films are so oddly exotic as was Dietrich herself. A uniquely individual performer who had that indefinable something as did Garbo that separated them from the pack and allowed them to endure while all the legions of others, Anna Sten, Sigrid Gurie, Ilona Massey etc., fell by the wayside.

June 1, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterjoel6

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