Morocco (1930)



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Like so many campaigners before him, Gary Cooper joins the Foreign Legion to "forget." At a smoky cabaret in Morocco, Cooper meets café entertainer Marlene Dietrich. A woman with a very checkered past, Dietrich toys with the callow Cooper, but eventually falls hopelessly in love with him.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Jules Furthman
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as Amy Jolly

as Tom Brown

as Mons. Le Bessiere

as Adjutant Caesar

as Anna Dolores

as Anna Dolores

as Cpl. Tatoche

as Col. Quinnevieres

as Mme. Caesar

as Barratire

as Lo Tinto

as Camp Follower

as Officer

as German Sergeant
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Critic Reviews for Morocco

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 28, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Watching Dietrich occupy cinematic space is one of the most intoxicating experiences that movies afford.

Full Review… | May 1, 2011
Parallax View

Over the years, Marlene Dietrich's androgyny (kissing a woman on the mouth) and the last, campy image, in which she removes her high-heel shoes and follows Gary Cooper into the desert, have received more critical attention than any other aspect.

Full Review… | January 12, 2008

Enjoyable as lightweight entertainment.

Full Review… | January 5, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Essential Sternberg.

August 11, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Morocco


the notable legendary bond of marlene dietrich/joserf von sternberg in the 30s...particularly the one scene dietrich wears tuxedo strutting imperiously then kisses a woman arrogantly as if she were a man that was deemed defyingly ultra-sexy in a conservative time of 30s...dietrich became the female martini idol who made millions of closet lesbians drooling endlessly, and also titilated male audience with a provocative sense of vanquishing lust.....except this offbeat gendre-ambiguous breakthru and sternberg's artsy lighting in black and white, the rest of the movie sinks into a conventional mode of love story between cabaret singer and a flippant soldier(gary cooper) trapped by the circumstance of war and seedy past...of course there's an un-requited suave provider (adolpe menjou) who loves her unconditionally but only rewarded with a hasty big hug rushly like an unworthy sap.

could "morcocco" be considered milestone of feministic assertion since dietrich built her self-sufficient vixen facade by this movie?... perhaps not. it might be an intense feministic declaration of self-choasen will for love since she selects to chase behind the soldier barefoot in the desert (who flings around with women and could offer nothing but a wide innocent smile) instead of the selflessly patient gentleman who politely awaits her in the cozy is a strong sense of self-chosen will indeed, but ironically it's like being the necglectful queen of an respectful worshiper but an romorseless dedicated slave to a ghetto hulk. somehow sadistically mosochistic. just like one fashion editor once remarks, dietrich combines the dublicity of a queen and a whore.

maybe behind the grandeur facade of every shrewd vixen dwells a soul of petite woman who clings even to the shade silhouette of her beloved man. perhaps ideologically speaking, it's deliberantly arranged so since the bourgeois mass(the majority of movie-goers) would identify more with cooper machismo than the polished chivalry of adolphe menjou.

something worthy a mention, adolphe menjou was spotted as the typecasting of charming rich gentleman since charlie chaplin's "a woman of paris", and menjou was prestigous for his appropritately aristocratic presence...maybe only william power could be the competent equivalent for his rackishly witty image in "the thin man" series.

Veronique Kwak

Super Reviewer


You think you're in love? Watch this and you might want to reexamine. One of the most romantic endings ever.

Cindy I

Super Reviewer


[font=Century Gothic][color=navy]"A Farewell to Arms" starts out in Itay in World War I. Catherine(Helen Hayes) is a nurse from England. Frederic(Gary Cooper) is an expatriate from the United States, former architecture student and now an ambulance driver. They meet and fall in love. This is an undeniably romantic film about people who live life with the constant possibility that it could all end tomorrow. But the finale is certainly over the top and Adolphe Menjou sports a rather comical Italian accent.[/color][/font]
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[font=Century Gothic][color=darkgreen]"Morocco" is about a vaudeville performer, Amy Jolly(Marlene Dietrich), who is on her way to colonial Morocco, apparently to get away from someone or something. On the way there, she meets a wealthy businessman(Adolphe Menjou). At her debut performance in Morocco, she wears a tuxedo, flirts with men as well as women and encounters roguish Foreign Legionnaire, Tom Brown(Gary Cooper) in the cheap seats. Brown apparently has a woman at every oasis. "Morocco" is an enjoyable film about finding love in the least likeliest places.[/color][/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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