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Morocco
     

Morocco

Director: Josef von Sternberg, Gary Cooper, Marlene Dietrich, Adolphe Menjou

Cast: Josef von Sternberg, Gary Cooper, Marlene Dietrich, Adolphe Menjou

 
Like so many campaigners before him, Gary Cooper joins the Foreign Legion to "forget," and winds up in Morocco. There, t a smoky cabaret, Cooper meets café entertainer Marlene Dietrich (making her American film debut). A woman with a very checkered past, Dietrich toys with the callow Cooper, but

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Like so many campaigners before him, Gary Cooper joins the Foreign Legion to "forget," and winds up in Morocco. There, t a smoky cabaret, Cooper meets café entertainer Marlene Dietrich (making her American film debut). A woman with a very checkered past, Dietrich toys with the callow Cooper, but eventually falls hopelessly in love with him, even to the extent of throwing over wealthy Adolphe Menjou. The now-famous final image of Morocco finds la Dietrich, decked out in her cabaret finery and wearing high heels, heading after Cooper's regiment across the desert with the rest of the "camp followers." There is considerably more to the story than that, but these bare-bones details should be enough to entice anyone familiar with the exotic eroticism of the Josef von Sternberg/Marlene Dietrich vehicles. Should you need more enticement, let us inform you that Morocco is the film in which Marlene Dietrich, dressed in a man's tuxedo for her nightclub act, kisses a female patron squarely on the lips.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Director Josef von Sternberg transfers Marlene Dietrich's siren singer persona to northern Africa in their first American collaboration, pairing her with Foreign Legionnaire Gary Cooper. Dietrich's Amy Jolly is an sensuous figure of desire and mystery amid von Sternberg's signature mise-en-scene of lushly exotic surroundings, layered shadows, and gauzy fabrics. Her first nightclub performance exudes an androgynous eroticism that would define her star persona: although she eventually sacrifices everything to follow Cooper's Tom Brown across the visually arresting desert sands, the tuxedo-clad Amy accepts a flower from a female admirer and nonchalantly kisses her on the lips before tossing the flower to an equally smitten (and beautified) Cooper. Along with the stunning imagery, von Sternberg inventively used sound to enhance the atmosphere, particularly when Amy makes her final decision between a rich man and the Legionnaire she loves. A box office success, Morocco earned Oscar nominations for von Sternberg, Hollywood newcomer Dietrich, Lee Garmes's alluring cinematography, and Hans Dreier's interior decoration, and helped keep Paramount Pictures afloat as the Great Depression hit Hollywood.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/27/2013
UPC:
0025192096457
Original Release:
1930
Source:
Universal Mod
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:32:00
Sales rank:
15,845

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gary Cooper Tom Brown
Marlene Dietrich Amy Jolly
Adolphe Menjou Mons. Le Bessiere
Ullrich Haupt Adjutant Caesar
Julie Compton Anna Dolores
Eve Southern Mme. Caesar
Francis McDonald Cpl. Barney Latoche
Albert Conti Col. Quinnovieres
Michael Visaroff Barrative
Paul Porcasi Lo Tinto
Emile Chautard Officer
Theresa Harris Camp Follower
Harry Schultz German Sergeant

Technical Credits
Josef von Sternberg Director
Lucien Ballard Cinematographer
Travis Banton Costumes/Costume Designer
Hans Dreier Production Designer
Jules Furthman Screenwriter
Lee Garmes Cinematographer
Karl Hajos Score Composer
Harry D. Mills Sound/Sound Designer
Hector Turnbull Producer
S.K. Winston Editor

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