An American Tragedy (1931)

JOSEF VON STERNBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB USA, 1931. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Samuel Hoffenstein, based on the novel by Theodore Dreiser. Cinematography by Lee Garmes. Produced by Josef von Sternberg. Music by John Leipold, Ralph Rainger. Production Design by Hans Dreier. Costume Design by Travis Banton. Adapted from the same novel by…

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The Last Command (1928)

JOSEF VON STERNBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1928.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by Lajos Biro, Josef von Sternberg, titles by Herman J. Mankiewicz,written by John F. Goodrich.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon.  Produced by Jesse L. Lasky, Adolph Zukor.  Music by Robert Israel.  Production Design by Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by William Shea.   An aging movie extra…

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Underworld (1927)

JOSEF VON STERNBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1927.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by Ben Hecht, titles by George Marion Jr., adaptation by Robert N. Lee, Charles Furthman.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon.  Music by Robert Israel.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by E. Lloyd Sheldon.  This excellent, beautifully shot drama is considered the film that sparked the craze…

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The Devil Is A Woman (1935)

JOSEF VON STERNBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1935.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by John Dos Passos, Sam Winston, David Hertz, Oran Schee, based on the novel La Femme et le Pantin by Pierre Louys.  Cinematography by Josef von Sternberg.  Produced by Josef von Sternberg.  Music by John Leipold, Heinz Roemheld.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Josef von Sternberg.  Costume Design…

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The Scarlet Empress (1934)

JOSEF VON STERNBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1934.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Eleanor McGeary, Manuel Komroff, based on the diary of Catherine II.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon.  Produced by Josef von Sternberg.  Music by W. Franke Harling, John Leipold.  Production Design by Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by Josef von Sternberg, Sam Winston. The role of Catherine The Great…

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Blonde Venus (1932)

JOSEF VON STERNBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1932.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Jules Furthman, S.K. Lauren.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon.  Produced by Josef von Sternberg.  Music by W. Franke Harling, John Leipold, Paul Marquardt, Oscar Potoker.  Production Design by Wiard Ihnen.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by Josef von Sternberg.   Marlene Dietrich conceived the original story for this film, which…

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Shanghai Express (1932)

JOSEF VON STERNBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1932.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Jules Furthman, based on the story by Harry Hervey.  Cinematography by Lee Garmes.  Produced by Adolph Zukor.  Music by W. Franke Harling.  Production Design by Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by Frank Sullivan.  The best film Marlene Dietrich made with her guru Josef von Sternberg…

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Dishonored (1931)

JOSEF VON STERNBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1931.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Daniel Nathan Rubin, Josef von Sternberg, from the story X-27 by Josef von Sternberg.  Cinematography by Lee Garmes.  Music by Henry Binstok.  Production Design by Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by Josef von Sternberg. Fans of Greta Garbo in Mata Hari will not enjoy…

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The Blue Angel (English Version) (1930)

JOSEF VON STERNBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Germany, 1930.  Universum Film, UFA Tonfilm.  Screenplay by Carl Zuckmayer, Karl Vollmoller, Robert Liebmann, English dialogue by Carl Winston, based on the novel Professor Unrat by Heinrich Mann.  Cinematography by Gunther Rittau, Hans Schneeberger.  Produced by Erich Pommer.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Otto Hunte.  Costume Design by Tihamer Varady.  Film Editing by…

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The Blue Angel (1930)

JOSEF VON STERNBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  Der Blaue Engel Germany, 1930.  UFA Tonfilm, Universum Film.  Screenplay by Carl Zuckmayer, Karl Vollmoller, Robert Liebmann, based on the novel Professor Unrat by Heinrich Mann.  Cinematography by Gunther Rittau.  Produced by Erich Pommer.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Otto Hunte.  Costume Design by Tihamer Varady.  Film Editing by Walter Klee, Sam…

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Morocco (1930)

JOSEF VON STERNBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1930.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Jules Furthman, based on the play by Amy Jolly by Benno Vigny. Cinematography by Lee Garmes.  Produced by Hector Turnbull.  Music by Karl Hajos.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by Sam Winston.  Marlene Dietrich made cinematic icon history when she appeared in her first…

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