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The Devil Is a Woman (1935)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  1935 (Turkey)
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Film told in flashbacks of an older man's obsession for a woman who can belong to no-one but can frustrate everyone. The backdrop is SternbergÍs surreal and fantastic Carnaval in Spain. In ... See full summary »

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Gov. Don Paquito 'Paquitito'
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Antonio Galvan
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Alphonso (as Paco Moreno)
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Film told in flashbacks of an older man's obsession for a woman who can belong to no-one but can frustrate everyone. The backdrop is SternbergÍs surreal and fantastic Carnaval in Spain. In a café the older man details his encounters with the heart breaker that his younger friend has only just met at the parade. Forewarned, the young man swears he will avoid the fate of his friend, but rushes all the same to his evening rendezvous. A dreamlike story of frustrated, lost romance, spoken in the past tense, never really resolved. Written by <cantor@sirius.com>

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Kiss me .. and I'll break your heart!

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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1935 (Turkey)  »

Also Known As:

Caprice Espagno  »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Joel McCrea left the cast after one day's work because of a disagreement with director Josef von Sternberg. Joseph Breen of the Hays Office suggested an ending in which Pasqual shoots Concha so that she could not get off scot-free after years of bad behavior. Although that was rejected, several cuts were eventually made to eliminate sexual innuendos. See more »

Quotes

Concha Perez: Listen to me, Pasqualito. You never loved me or you couldn't do this.
Capt. Don Pasqual 'Pasqualito' Costelar: You know very well that I loved you.
Concha Perez: You've always mistaken your vanity for love. It's your final mistake. Go and kill the only man I ever cared for.
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Three Sweethearts Have I
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung by Marlene Dietrich and chorus in the cafe
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A Beloved Heartbreaker
11 June 2010 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In the carnival in Spain in the beginning of the Twentieth Century, the exiled republican Antonio Galvan (Cesar Romero) comes from Paris masquerade to enjoy the party and visit his friend Capt. Don Pasqual 'Pasqualito' Costelar (Lionel Atwill). However, he flirts with the mysterious Concha Perez (Marlene Dietrich) and they schedule to meet each other later. When Antonio meets Pasqualito, his old friend discloses his frustrated relationship with the promiscuous Concha and her greedy mother (Alison Skipworth) and how his life was ruined by his obsession for the beautiful demimondaine. Pasqualito makes Antonio promise that he would not see Concha. However, when Antonio meets Concha, she seduces him and the long friendship between Antonio and Pasqualito is disrupted.

"The Devil Is a Woman" is the last movie of director Josef Von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich together. The romance tells the story of a cold- hearted dancer that has a promiscuous life and is financially supported by her obsessive lover in an unrequited love. The man ruins not only his professional life, but also his long friendship with Antonio. Marlene Dietrich is beautiful in this film and the role seems to be tailored to her. The excellent cinematography in black and white is very impressive. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "A Mulher Satânica" ("The Satanic Woman")


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