Morocco (1930)

JOSEF VON STERNBERG

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 1930.  Screenplay by , based on the play by Amy Jolly by . Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1930/1931.  

Marlene Dietrich‘s first Hollywood film is a stunning atmospheric drama about a raucously sexual cabaret singer who falls in love with matinee-idol looking soldier Gary Cooper.   This was the first (and best) time Dietrich wore her famous man’s tuxedo, and the scene where she sings “How Much For My Apples?” and exchanges a kiss for a gardenia with a female member of the audience is one of the sexiest moments in classic film. The challenge comes when her boytoy lover has to leave with his platoon on a mission somewhere else. Does she love him enough to go with him, or will she stay behind and recover from the wounds of love? Dietrich and Cooper had better chemistry in Desire (especially because Cooper was livelier in that one), but this is a much better film.

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