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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!

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

Gov. Don Paquito 'Paquitito': Here! Where are you going?
Concha Perez: Good morning, Paquitito.
Gov. Don Paquito 'Paquitito': Oh. I should have known. You're the only woman in town worth fighting for. I'm sorry, Concha. I'll have to arrest this gallant gentleman.
[to the police]
Gov. Don Paquito 'Paquitito': Arrest him, I said! Take him away!
[to Concha]
Gov. Don Paquito 'Paquitito': If only you knew how willingly I'd exchange places with either one of them for your smile.
Concha Perez: Do you still like me, Paquito?
Gov. Don Paquito 'Paquitito': Concha, I haven't slept for seventy-two hours. This carnival has been purgatory. I'm about to go home to my wife, which does ...
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Connections

Version of The Woman and the Puppet (1929) See more »

Soundtracks

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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The one thing everyone seems to miss
31 March 2009 | by mgrenadierSee all my reviews

The one thing everyone seems to miss Is that Lionel Atwill looks a lot like Sternberg. Looking at the Dietrich/Sternberg collaborations it's hard not to notice that Adolph Menjou, Herbert Marshall, and Lionel Atwill seem to be Sternberg surrogates, which knowing about the Dietrich/Sternberg relationship, adds a perversity and depth to viewing the films.

If you look at the screen test for Blue Angel available on the blue angle DVD, you can already see Dietrich's disdain that seems an enormous part of her screen character in their collaborations. The Devil is a Woman is a story of a man who ruins his career in pursuit of a woman. Pretty hard not to see parallels to Sternberg's career. This was his last big budget film and one that remains a lasting testament to "l'amour fou."


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