Archive for Josef Von Sternberg

Viennese Fancy (with bonus Sunday Intertitle)

Posted in Fashion, FILM with tags , , , on February 4, 2018 by dcairns

Another Sternberg-Dietrich collab falls under my perusal, over at The Chiseler. McLaglan! Oland! But Dietrich!

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We’re three happy chappies in snappy serapes

Posted in FILM, MUSIC with tags , , , , , on December 28, 2017 by dcairns

The above title has nothing to do with today’s post, but I did watch highlights of Disney’s THE THREE CABALLEROS and now I have the lyrics (by Ray Gilbert) swirling round in my head like your hopes and dreams going down a drain. Be that as it may, over at The Chiseler I continue my random quest through Marlene Dietrich’s films with Josef Von Sternberg. This time it’s MOROCCO, Marlene’s first Hollywood film, which always sends me to sleep. But it fascinates me too.

Hot Mama

Posted in FILM, MUSIC with tags , , , , on November 28, 2017 by dcairns

I decided I needed another project, so over at The Chiseler, in no particular order, I’m going to review Josef Von Sternberg’ six films with Marlene Dietrich. One a month, starting now with BLONDE VENUS, the duo’s off-kilter ode to motherhood, because you have to start somewhere.

A sentence I forgot to include: Sternberg not only dressed his diva in a gorilla suit, he made sure it was a gorilla suit with a runny nose.

I quite like this contemporaneous cover version of the film’s best song, especially the incompetent oboe solo two minutes in. Jazz: delicious hot, disgusting cold.