5 Cinematic Couplings That Really Have Legs

DVDs that showcase collaborators who brought out the best in each other


Josef von Sternberg was a famous Hollywood auteur in 1930 and Dietrich a minor Berlin actress when he cast her as Lola, the crass chanteuse of The Blue Angel. Just like that, a star was born: an anti-Garbo who viewed life and love as a series of awful amusements. In their seven films together--of which a terrific trio (Morocco, Blonde Venus and The Devil Is a Woman) are included here--Sternberg swathed Dietrich's wry sexuality in silk, feathers, a gorilla suit and his camera's soft-focus devotion. As his films got more deliriously abstract, she got restless, and...

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