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The Song of Songs (1933)

Approved | | Drama , Romance | 19 July 1933 (USA)
Lily falls in love with the sculptor who leaves her out of fear of commitment.

Director:

Rouben Mamoulian

Writers:

Hermann Sudermann (novel), Edward Sheldon (play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marlene Dietrich ... Lily Czepanek
Brian Aherne ... Richard Waldow
Lionel Atwill ... Baron von Merzbach
Alison Skipworth ... Mrs. Rasmussen
Hardie Albright ... Walter Von Prell
Helen Freeman Helen Freeman ... Fräulein Von Schwertfeger
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Storyline

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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One of the world's great love stories comes to the star who can make it live

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 July 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deep Night See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 20, 1937 with Marlene Dietrich and Lionel Atwill reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

After putting her aunt to bed with a cup of tea and a bottle of rum, Lily goes to turn off the gas lamp in her room - but the lights on the set go off before she extinguishes the flame of the lamp. 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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Connections

Remake of Lily of the Dust (1924) See more »

Soundtracks

Jonny
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Music by Friedrich Hollaender
English lyrics by Edward Heyman
Sung by Marlene Dietrich
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Early Dietrich, sans Von Sternberg
12 December 2005 | by hildacraneSee 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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