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The Song of Songs (1933)

Country orphan Lily goes to Berlin to stay with her tippling aunt, and soon meets Richard, handsome sculptor across the street. Persuaded half-reluctantly to pose for Richard, her physical ... See full summary »

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Country orphan Lily goes to Berlin to stay with her tippling aunt, and soon meets Richard, handsome sculptor across the street. Persuaded half-reluctantly to pose for Richard, her physical charms (shown as fully as 1933 mores permitted) soon melt away his 'strictly business' attitude, and they become lovers. But Richard, wanting his freedom, connives at her marriage to his wealthy client Baron von Merzbach... whose household includes a jealous former mistress and a susceptible farm manager. Has Richard still a role to play in her life? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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19 July 1933 (USA)  »

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Miriam Hopkins was originally cast in the lead role but pulled out due to her husband Anatole Litvak's dislike of Josef von Sternberg. See more »

Quotes

Lily Czepanek: I can't take my clothes off!
Richard Waldow: Why? Why can't you?
Lily Czepanek: Why, I'd, I'd be undressed!
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Remake of The Song of Songs (1918) See more »

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Music by Franz Schubert
Lyrics by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Sung by Marlene Dietrich
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Early Dietrich, sans Von Sternberg
12 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Interesting to see Dietrich, early in her Hollywood career, working with a director other than her Pygmalion, Josef von Sternberg. The latter director provided beautiful but often-static set-ups for framing her, while Mamoulian's musicality and fluid camera release her. (Think also of his direction of Garbo in "Queen Christina," and that film's famous scene in which she moves lovingly and rhythmically--it was timed to a metronome-- around the bedroom, watched by her lover. )

I think this is one of Dietrich's best performances. She passes through many phases, from naive young girl to earthy woman. Her song "Johnny" is sublime--and moving, when she angrily tears into the second chorus after spotting in the audience the lover who had abandoned and disillusioned her.


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