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Writer:
Rolf E. Vanloo (writer)
Release Date:
12 September 1929 (Hungary) See more »
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Plot:
Laurence Gerard has just divorced. While leading fat lover Talandier by the nose, She meets the count Lerski... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Harry Liedtke ... Jacques / Count Lerski

Marlene Dietrich ... Laurence Gerard / Lucille (U.S. prints)
Pierre de Guingand ... Adolphe Gerard
Károly Huszár ... Percy Talandier (as Charles Puffy)

Richard Tauber ... Jacques' dubbed Singing Voice (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hans Heinrich von Twardowski ... Waiter (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Land 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rolf E. Vanloo  writer

Produced by
Julius Haimann .... producer
Robert Land .... producer
 
Original Music by
Pasquale Perris 
 
Cinematography by
Carl Drews 
Gotthardt Wolf 
 
Art Direction by
Robert Neppach 
 
Production Management
Frederic Brunn .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Friedel Buckow .... assistant director
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Fred Zinnemann .... assistant camera
 
Music Department
Frank Chidester .... musician: organ (uncredited)
 

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Also Known As:
"Ich küsse Ihre Hand, Madame" - Germany (original title)
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Runtime:
66 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Soundtrack:
Ce N'est Que Votre Main MadameSee more »

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A German Sophisticated High Comedy, 23 April 2010

Before Herr Josef von Sternberg ( that fake von… ) invented Frau Marlene Dietrich for the talkie screen and made her one of the most important icons for the cinephile masses, the German actress had already had a short silent career.

"Ich Küsse Ihre Hand, Madame" ( I Kiss Your Hand, Madame ) (1929) was one of the last Frau Dietrich silent works done just before the dawn of the talkies and the doom of the Silent Era. The film was even influenced by this terrible invention and even worse, by those common love songs. In spite of being a silent oeuvre the film included a sound sequence wherein Herr Count Lerski (Herr Harry Liedtke), a Russian guard-officer now retrained by the hotel industry as a waiter, sang the popular title song of the film ( although the actor was dubbed by another actor who apparently had a better voice than that fake count.) to the ambitious divorcée Frau Laurence ( Frau Marlene Dietrich ).

The film was directed by Robert Land and works pretty well as a German sophisticated high comedy, moderately hilarious ( it is Teutonic film production, after all… ) sophisticated and elegant at the same time. It tells of the misunderstandings involving a beautiful divorcée and the men around her; her admiring lawyer ( Herr Charle Puffy ), her ex-husband ( Herr Pierre de Guingand ) and the count/waiter Lerski . Even though this is a German film the background is Paris since that city is better suited for romance than Berlin which excelled in parades and riots.

Frau Marlene Dietrich was very popular and highly recognized during those years in the silent German world. Herr Land and the great cinematography of Herr Carl Drews und Herr Gotthardt Wolf take full advantage of her particular magnetism; for this reason Frau Dietrich shines in every close-up or long shot in which she appears, fascinating the camera with her peculiar cold German charms. Her counterpart, the (also German) star Herr Harry Liedtke is also given his due and plays his part perfectly while there are efficient performances in the supporting roles; the fat and innocent lawyer and Frau Dietrich's bitter but still infatuated ex-husband stand out.

"Ich Küsse Ihre Hand, Madame" is a very careful film production which has exquisite set design ( very conceptual, too modern for a German count… ) which includes the outdoor night scenes of the Paris high life. Our heroine lives an unconcerned and foolish life full of prejudices, as Herr Graf Lerski soon discovers. The film is a typical classic German comedy with misunderstandings, a complicated love affair ( with a happy ending, natürlich! ), elegant scenery, gorgeous costumes and a free-and-easy atmosphere; that is to say, it exemplifies some of the essential precepts of the particular Decalogue of that film genre.

And now, if you'll allow me, I must temporarily take my leave because this German Count must kiss the shapely digits of a beautiful Madame- who obviously isn't a Teutonic fat and rich heiress…

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