Devil Is a Woman, The*

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Devil Is a Woman, The*

  • 1935 ----- b/w ----- 83 min ----- vhs
  • (Directed by Josef von Sternberg, screenplay by John Dos Passos and S. K. Winston based on the novella, La Femme et le pantin, by Pierre Louys; with Marlene Dietrich, Lionel Atwill, Cesar Romero, Edward Everett Horton) It's a story about obsessive love, and von Sternberg's version is certainly obsessive. There's a slightly crazy daringness about his approach to the mythic. The film's near-abstract decorative quality has the fascination of a folly. At the turn of the century, in the port town of Seville, it's carnival week, and the blood of enemies and the passions of lovers run hot. But, none so much as those of a young revolutionary, his old friend and the new woman who comes between them both. (Funded by the Department of Comparative Literature) (Closed-Captioned) (Restricted to use on University of Washington campuses only)
  • Topics: (Europe, Literature, Motion Pictures: Features, Women Studies)