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Three Loves (1929)
"Die Frau, nach der man sich sehnt" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  8 September 1929 (USA)
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Southern France, the present. About to marry, Charles Leblanc glimpses beautiful Stascha with her autocratic older companion, Karoff. They meet shortly after on a train. Stascha confesses ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Fritz Kortner ...
Dr. Karoff
Frida Richard ...
Mme. Leblanc
Oskar Sima ...
Charles Leblanc
Uno Henning ...
Henry Leblanc
Karl Etlinger ...
Bruno Ziener ...
Edith Edwards ...
Angela Poitrier


Southern France, the present. About to marry, Charles Leblanc glimpses beautiful Stascha with her autocratic older companion, Karoff. They meet shortly after on a train. Stascha confesses she and Karoff murdered her husband, and asks for his help to escape from Karoff. She introduces Leblanc as her cousin, and the three go to an alpine hotel for a frantic New Year's eve party. The police arrive next morning. Karoff draws a gun and kills Stascha, leaving a distraught Leblanc cradling her body. Written by Anonymous

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melodrama | based on book







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8 September 1929 (USA)  »

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The Woman One Longs for  »

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1.33 : 1
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The train is a clumsy model, and behaves like one, in particular stopping on a dime the moment the communication cord is pulled. See more »


Featured in Marlene Dietrich: Shadow and Light (1996) See more »


Written by Giuseppe Becce and Walther Bransen
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the same Dietrich, just younger and plumper
1 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Marlene Dietrich we all know was not created out of whole cloth by Josef von Sternberg; he simply refined the superlative raw material that was already there. And this film proves the point. As soon as Dietrich appears in this late silent melodrama the film belongs to her and stays that way despite excellent performances from strong actors such as Uno Hemming and Fritz Kortner. The story is about the heir to an ironworks fortune (Hemming, who looks like a cross between a young Laurence Olivier and Mel Ferrer), who, on the way to his honeymoon with a woman he doesn't love, locks eyes with Dietrich who is in a similar predicament (with Kortner). From that point the film is occupied with the ensuing love triangle.

The principals all end up at a mountain ski resort where events build to a climax during a New Year's Eve celebration, complete with streamers, balloons, masked revelers and confetti strangely reminiscent of key scenes in two later Dietrich-von Sternberg films, "Dishonored" and "The Devil Is a Woman," making one wonder if von Sternberg saw this film, liked the party scene and strove to improve upon it.

Dietrich is indeed on the plump side (as she was in "The Blue Angel"), but aside from such superficialities as extra pounds, fuller face and frizzy hair there is no significant difference between her effect here and in later Hollywood films. The allure is the same. It must be said that director Curtis Bernhardt makes a point of lingering over her shapely legs in a way that von Sternberg might have considered vulgar.

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