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Criterion Collection: Dietrich & von Sternberg in Hollywood DVD

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Overview
Tasked by studio executives with finding the next great screen siren, Hollywood director Josef von Sternberg joined forces with the alluring Marlene Dietrich, kicking off what would become one of the most legendary partnerships in cinema history. New 4K restorations of all of their six films together, plus many extras. Set includes Morocco, Dishonored, Shanghai Express, Blonde Venus, The Scarlet Empress, The Devil is a Woman. 9 hrs, 6 DVDs. B&W.
Episodes
Morocco
With this romantic reverie, Marlene Dietrich made her triumphant debut before American audiences and unveiled the enthralling persona that would define her Hollywood collaboration with director Josef von Sternberg. Cabaret singer Amy Jolly (Dietrich), fleeing her former life, takes her act to the shores of North Africa, where she entertains the overtures of a wealthy man with a shadowy past of his own (Gary Cooper). Fueled by the smoldering chemistry between its two stars, and shot in dazzling light and seductive shadow, the Oscar-nominated Morocco is a transfixing exploration of elemental passions.

Dishonored
In this espionage thriller, Marlene Dietrich stars in the role of a widow turned streetwalker who is recruited to spy for Austria during World War I. Adopting the codename X-27, Dietrich's wily heroine devotes her gifts for seduction and duplicity—as well as her musical talents—to the patriotic cause, until she finds a worthy adversary in a roguish Russian colonel (Victor McLaglen).

Shanghai Express
An intoxicating mix of adventure, romance, Marlene Dietrich is at her wicked best as Shanghai Lily, a courtesan whose reputation brings a hint of scandal to a three-day train ride through war-torn China. Director Josef von Sternberg delivers one breathtaking image after another, enveloping his star in a decadent profusion of feathers, furs, and cigarette smoke. The result is a triumph of studio filmmaking and a testament to the mythic power of Hollywood glamour.

Blonde Venus
Helen (Dietrich), once a German chanteuse, now an American housewife, who resurrects her stage career after her husband (Herbert Marshall) falls ill; she then becomes the mistress of a millionaire (Cary Grant). One of the most memorable musical numbers in all of cinema and a parade of visionary costumes by Travis Banton.

The Scarlet Empress
Marlene Dietrich stars as the spoiled princess Sophia Frederica, who grows up being groomed for greatness and yearning for a handsome husband. Sent to Russia to marry the Grand Duke Peter, she is horrified to discover that her betrothed is a half-wit and her new home a macabre palace where depravity rules.

The Devil Is a Woman
Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich went out with a bang in their final film together, The Devil Is a Woman, a surreal tale of erotic passion and danger set amid the tumult of carnival in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Spain. Opulent costume design and award-winning cinematography.

DVD Extras
• New 2K or 4K digital restorations of all six films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-rays
• New documentary about actor Marlene Dietrich's German origins
• New documentary on Dietrich's status as a feminist icon
• The Legionnaire and the Lady, a 1936 Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of Morocco, featuring Dietrich and actor Clark Gable
• The Fashion Side of Hollywood, a 1935 publicity short featuring Dietrich and costume designer Travis Banton
• Television interview with Dietrich from 1971
• A book featuring essays by critics Imogen Sara Smith, Gary Giddins, and Farran Smith Nehme
• New interviews with film scholars Janet Bergstrom and Homay King; director Josef von Sternberg's son, Nicholas; Deutsche Kinemathek curator Silke Ronneburg; and costume designer and historian Deborah Nadoolman Landis
Details
Packaging: Boxed
Run Time: 9 hours
Format: Widescreen
Number of discs: 6
Language: English
Foreign Language Subtitles: No
Color or B&W: B&W
Region Code: 1
Rating: NR
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