The Devil is a Woman

  • Dir: Josef von Sternberg

  • USA, 1935, 79 minmins, DCP

  • Cast: Marlene Dietrich, Lionel Atwill, Cesar Romero, Edward Everett Horton

As a devilish Spanish beauty who makes a game of seducing and discarding her lovers, Dietrich gives an elegantly stylized performance that treads a fine line between ambiguity and self-parody. Adapting the same Pierre Louÿs novel as Buñuel did for That Obscure Object of Desire (1977), Sternberg transforms the comic-opera into his “heartless parable of man’s eternal humiliation in the sex struggle”. A pinnacle of visual style – in his own cinematography – as his final tribute to Dietrich, Sternberg proclaims that yielding to her allure is simply ineluctable.

Venice Film Festival: Best Cinematography

1/12 (SUN): Seminar with Lau Yam and Kiki Fung


    In-theatre Screening

    • Door Tickets Available at the Venue on Screening Date2019-12-01 (Sun)
      Buy Ticket2019-12-28 (Sat)


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