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The Devil Is a Woman (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1935 (Turkey)
A young man is warned by a captain about a temptress; nonetheless, he finds himself falling in love with her.

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Pierre Louÿs (novel) (as Pierre Louys), John Dos Passos (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marlene Dietrich ... Concha Perez
Lionel Atwill ... Capt. Don Pasqual 'Pasqualito' Costelar
Edward Everett Horton ... Gov. Don Paquito 'Paquitito'
Alison Skipworth ... Senora Perez
Cesar Romero ... Antonio Galvan
Don Alvarado ... Morenito
Tempe Pigott ... Tuerta (as Tempe Piggott)
Francisco Moreno Francisco Moreno ... Alphonso (as Paco Moreno)
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Storyline

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! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

1935 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

Caprice Espagno See more »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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"(If It Isn't Pain) Then It Isn't Love" by Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin was recorded for this movie but cut from the final print. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Don Pasqual 'Pasqualito' Costelar: Antonio!
Antonio Galvan: Pasqual! What luck! How wonderful to see you again.
Capt. Don Pasqual 'Pasqualito' Costelar: You young idiot. What if you're recognized? Turn around. Sit down. Turn your back. What on earth ever tempted you to leave Paris?
Antonio Galvan: I'm on my way back there now. I came to see my parents.
Capt. Don Pasqual 'Pasqualito' Costelar: But there's a price on your head. Don't you know we have a new governor who eats Republicans for breakfast?
Antonio Galvan: I'll risk it until the carnival's over. But how are you, Pasqual? Let me look at you. You've changed. Have you been ill?
Capt. Don Pasqual 'Pasqualito' Costelar: My health has been ...
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Connections

Referenced in Gods of the Plague (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Capriccio Espagnol, Op.34
Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Played during the opening credits and as background music often
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Playing with men for fun and profit
13 February 2002 | by Jim TrittenSee all my reviews

A captivating and very different movie where a dazzling Marlene Dietrich willfully toys with the affection of Lionel Atwill whose life is then ruined by their relationship. How low will he sink? As low as Emil Jannings in The Blue Angel? The reasons for Atwill's obsession is left to the imagination since censors at the time would not allow us to observe what is today commonly on screens. Surrealistic scenes of a Spanish carnival and extraordinary costumes make this highly recommended and not often seen film a visual feast. Marlene has never been lovelier and more injurious. Atwill does a respectable job as the bedeviled older lover. A young Ceasar Romero is a believable other love interest. Edward Everett Horton's voice mars the play of what should have been a stately governor who appears to have been seeing Marlene on the side. An unexpected ending contributes to a movie that should be discussed and watched again. Highly recommended.


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