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Dietrich & von Sternberg in Hollywood (The Criterion Collection)(1930-1935) Blu-ray
 
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Criterion | 1930-1935 | 6 Movies | 542 min | Not rated | Jul 03, 2018

Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.37:1, 1.33:1, 1.19:1

Audio
English: LPCM Mono

Subtitles
English SDH

Discs
Blu-ray Disc
Six-disc set (6 BD-50)
UPC 715515217019

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Slipbox
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Dietrich & von Sternberg in Hollywood (The Criterion Collection)(1930-1935) Blu-ray

Tasked by studio executives with finding the next great screen siren, visionary Hollywood director Josef von Sternberg joined forces with rising German actor Marlene Dietrich, kicking off what would become one of the most legendary partnerships in cinema history. Over the course of six films produced by Paramount in the 1930s, the pair refined their shared fantasy of pleasure, beauty, and excess. Dietrich's coolly transgressive mystique was a perfect match for the provocative roles von Sternberg cast her in—including a sultry chanteuse, a cunning spy, and the hedonistic Catherine the Great—and the filmmaker captured her allure with chiaroscuro lighting and opulent design, conjuring fever-dream visions of exotic settings from Morocco to Shanghai. Suffused with frank sexuality and worldly irony, these deliriously entertaining masterpieces are landmarks of cinematic artifice.

Director: Josef von Sternberg
Writers: Jules Furthman, Josef von Sternberg, Eleanor McGeary, Pierre Louÿs, S.K. Lauren, Catherine II
Starring: Marlene Dietrich, Warner Oland, Lawrence Grant, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Morgan Wallace, Davison Clark


This Blu-ray bundle includes the following titles:
Morocco (1930)
Dishonored (1931)
Shanghai Express (1932)
Blonde Venus (1932)
The Scarlet Empress (1934)
The Devil is a Woman (1935)


Special Features and Technical Specs:
- NEW 2K or 4K RESTORATIONS OF ALL SIX FILMS, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-rays
- New interviews with film scholars Janet Bergstrom and Homay King; director Josef von Sternberg's son, Nicholas; Deutsche Kinemathek curator Silke Ronneburg; and costume designer and historian Deborah Nadoolman Landis
- New documentary about actor Marlene Dietrich's German origins, featuring film scholars Gerd Gemünden and Noah Isenberg
- New documentary on Dietrich's status as a feminist icon, featuring film scholars Mary Desjardins, Amy Lawrence, and Patricia White
- The Legionnaire and the Lady, a 1936 Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of Morocco, featuring Dietrich and actor Clark Gable
- New video essay by critics Adrian Martin and Cristina Álvarez López
- The Fashion Side of Hollywood, a 1935 publicity short featuring Dietrich and costume designer Travis Banton
- Television interview with Dietrich from 1971
- PLUS: A book featuring essays by critics Imogen Sara Smith, Gary Giddins, and Farran Smith Nehme

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