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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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Complete credited cast:
Gov. Don Paquito 'Paquitito'
Alison Skipworth ...
Senora Perez
Antonio Galvan
Don Alvarado ...
Tempe Pigott ...
Francisco Moreno ...
Alphonso (as Paco Moreno)


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 <>

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


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

1935 (Turkey)  »

Also Known As:

Caprice Espagno  »

Box Office


$800,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In Maximilian Schell's documentary Marlene (1984), Marlene Dietrich said that this was her favorite of all her films. See more »


Antonio Galvan: You're a very beautiful woman. It's easy to see why men should lose their heads over you.
Concha Perez: Is it easy?
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Version of Aphrodite (1982) See more »


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 'real' story of a man's frustration
3 May 2006 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

It has to be said that this film is an amazing achievement. The Devil is a Woman is a lush and vibrant film, and you really do get the impression that a lot of thought has gone into every scene. The script allows the characters to grow in front of the audience's eyes both in relation to each other and in their own right. Furthermore, the acting is fantastic; with Lionel Atwill convincing as a heartbroken former lover of Marlene Dietrich's cold hearted femme fatale. It's Dietrich that commands every scene she's in and gives an all round amazing performance in the title role. Furthermore, the Spanish setting is superb, and provides a beautiful location for this complex love story to take place in. But it's not the technical elements that make this film so great; it's the plot. We first get to know the characters during a conversation between a fancy man and a former lover of the same woman. The older man tells the younger of his times with said lady, and we get a fully painted picture of all the protagonists through this. The film offers a great portrait of love and frustration; with the title itself referring more towards the lead man's experience with the title character rather than the character herself. The Devil is a Woman is certainly not a fluffy romance flick, but it is a film that works on two levels; on one hand, it tells its story straight and so is easy to get into, but on the other it provides a story with a chasm of depth if you're willing to look for it.

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