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Dishonored (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Romance, War | 4 April 1931 (USA)
The Austrian Secret Service sends its most seductive agent to spy on the Russians.

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Colonel Kranau
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Austrian Secret Service Chief
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Colonel von Hindau
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Colonel Kovrin
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The Austrian Secret Service sends its most seductive agent to spy on the Russians.

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Can a Woman Kill a Man With Who She Has Known a Night of Love ?

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Drama | Romance | War

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Donauwellen (Danube Waves)
(Basis for "Anniversary Song")
Written by Iosif Ivanovici
Played on piano by Gustav von Seyffertitz
Reprised on piano by Marlene Dietrich several times
Played as background music at the end
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An overlooked masterpiece
19 August 1999 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

One up front negative: Victor McLaglen as a dashing, adventurous Russian officer is very badly miscast.

This is a World War I Mata Hari genre film with Marlene Dietrich recruited by the Austrian Secret Service to spy for them against the Russians. Like the other Von Sternberg/Dietrich collaborations this is all about visual texture and Marlene's incredible persona (which is very much due to her equally incredible talent). Both come together perfectly in the amazing masked ball scene full, full, full of confetti, long twisted streamers, costumed revelers, and uncurling paper party-horns that you blow through to make a high pitched little squeal.

In one remarkable scene Marlene is hypnotic just saying, "No." "Yes." "Noooo." and "Maybe." In another her dialog is a hilarious and inimatable series of "Meowwws." I don't remember her singing in this one but she plays the piano with abandon. Nevermind the plot, this is a film you watch because it is a great vehicle for one of film's greatest, if not the greatest, stars and because it is great cinema.


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