Directed by Ernst Lubitsch • 1937 • United States
Starring Marlene Dietrich, Herbert Marshall, Melvyn Douglas
Ernst Lubitsch took a rare detour into melodrama with this urbane look at modern marriage. Marlene Dietrich stars as Maria, the neglected wife of Sir Frederick Barker (Herbert Marshall), a British diplomat who travels often and shows little concern for his spouse. Sick of the monotony of monogamy, Maria travels to Paris to visit her old friend Anna Dmitrivena (Laura Hope Crews), a grand duchess who also operates an exclusive bordello. In Paris, Maria captures the attention of American expat Anthony Halton (Melvyn Douglas), who knows her only as “Angel,” and with whom she finds the passion lacking in her marriage.