The Devil Is a Woman (1935)
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as Concha Perez
as Antonio Galvan
as Don Pasqual
as Don Paquito
as Senora Perez
as Dr. Mendez
as Letter Writer
as Gypsy Dancer
as Foreman, Snowbound Train
as Superintendent, Tobacco Factory
as Drunk in Carnival Cafe
as Duel Informant
Critic Reviews for The Devil Is a Woman
While Devil is a somewhat monotonous picture, Sternberg has given it clever photography and background.
Sternberg's universe is a realm of textures, shadows, and surfaces, which merge and separate in an erotic dance.
This column regards The Devil Is a Woman as the best product of the Sternberg-Dietrich alliance since The Blue Angel.
It's a story of obsessive love, and von Sternberg's version is certainly obsessive. There's a slightly crazy daringness about his approach to the mythic.
Rarely was Dietrich more powerful than in this simmering, sophisticated romance, tightly directed by Von Sternberg.
Audience Reviews for The Devil Is a Woman
Dietrich and Von Sternberg considered The Devil is a Woman to be their best picture. The film is stunning. Of course, Dietrich does that Voodoo that only she can do so well, and Von Sternberg is the Magister Ludi of classical film. This is their masterpiece. The acting is commendably brilliant. The script moves with the pace of a runaway freight train. The emotional tension escalates along a sharply ascending curve - and the film delivers a punch that transforms each and every viewer - revealing more about themselves through the machinations of the main characters tossed on the unpredictable sea of love. Dietrich delivers, perhaps, the greatest screen performance of the decade - and destroys the egos of every other character leaving a wake a mile wide and infinitely deep. Dietrich proves the powers of women over men, time and the planet we currently inhabit. Unmissable.
Total camp, but it can only be appreciated on that level since its frustrating depiction of frustrating women (and the men who love them) grows tedious very quickly. Edward Everett Horton is a bright spot as the only one who always seems to know that the film is kind of ridiculous (sometimes it appears that Dietrich catches on, but other times I questioned it).
A lot of fun, a bit like The Blue Angel but more comedic. Dietrich is quite funny as the manipulative heartbreaker, going a little more over-the-top than her usual cool detachment. I was excited to see Edward Everett Horton's name in the credits, but his role is pretty small and his accent (or lack of one) sounds out of place among the rest of the cast. Sternberg's talents are on full display, especially in the opening carnival scenes which are a delight.
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