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Josef von Sternberg

The Devil Is a Woman

79' - 1935 - Drama, Comedy, Romance - Dialogue: Spanish, English
Director: Josef von Sternberg Composer: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov With: Marlene Dietrich, Lionel Atwill, Edward Everett Horton
Mariene is Concha Perez, cigarette factory girl, sailing serenely through a comic-opera Spain in a steely, deeply felt analysis of male masochism. Sternberg centers on the experience of two men (a young revolutionary and an older military man) who love Mariene and compulsively submit to the agonies of being rejected by her. Even those who go only lor the Dietrich glamour can't miss these underlying tensions, since the stoic acceptance of emotional pain undermines all the surface frivolity. Some will find the glittering cruelty sublime. (Time Out 1990)

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Josef von Sternberg


Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov


Marlene Dietrich, Lionel Atwill, Edward Everett Horton


John Dos Passos, David Hertz

Director of Photography

Lucien Ballard


Sam Winston


Josef von Sternberg

Production studios

Paramount Pictures

More information


Spanish, English

Countries of production

United States of America

Screenplay based on

"La femme et le pantin" (Pierre Louÿs)



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