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The Song of Songs (1933)





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Song of Songs was the first Marlene Dietrich vehicle not directed by Dietrich's "Svengali," Josef von Sternberg. The star plays a zaftig German peasant girl who becomes a nude model (anything to get her out of those ill-fitting 1890s costumes!) She falls in love with a struggling sculptor (Brian Aherne), but her ambitions get the better of her and she marries a hedonistic baron (Lionel Atwill). Leaving her husband, Dietrich sinks further down the social scale by becoming a cabaret singer. She is eventually reunited with the sculptor, but not before smashing the nude statue based on her voluptuous frame, thereby symbolically purging her checkered past. Song of Songs was based on a Herman Sudermann novel, previously adapted into a stage play and then filmed twice during the silent era.


Marlene Dietrich
as Lily Czepanek
Brian Aherne
as Richard Waldrow
Lionel Atwill
as Baron von Merzbach
Alison Skipworth
as Frau Rasmussen
Hardie Albright
as Walter Von Prell
Helen Freeman
as Fraulein von Schwartzfegger
Morgan Wallace
as `Admirer'
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The first Marlene Dietrich film not directed by Josef von Sternberg still has some of the Sternbergian sophisticated romantic touch.

September 14, 2006 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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