Dishonored

Dishonored

Directed by Josef von Sternberg • 1931 • United States
Starring Marlene Dietrich, Victor McLaglen, Gustav von Seyffertitz

In Josef von Sternberg’s atmospheric spin on the espionage thriller, Marlene Dietrich further develops her shrewd star persona in the role of a widow turned streetwalker who is recruited to spy for Austria during World War I. Adopting the codename X-27, Dietrich’s wily heroine devotes her gifts for seduction and duplicity—as well as her musical talents—to the patriotic cause, until she finds a worthy adversary in a roguish Russian colonel (Victor McLaglen), who draws her into a fatal game of cat and mouse and tests the strength of her loyalties. Reimagining his native Vienna with customary extravagance, von Sternberg stages this story of spycraft as a captivating masquerade in which no one is who they seem and death is only a wrong note away.

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Dishonored
  • Dishonored

    Directed by Josef von Sternberg • 1931 • United States
    Starring Marlene Dietrich, Victor McLaglen, Gustav von Seyffertitz

    In Josef von Sternberg’s atmospheric spin on the espionage thriller, Marlene Dietrich further develops her shrewd star persona in the role of a widow turned streetwalker who ...

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  • Dietrich Icon

    This 2018 documentary, featuring interviews with film scholars Mary Desjardins, Amy Lawrence, and Patricia White, considers the collaboration on the creation of Marlene Dietrich’s star image between the actor and director Josef von Sternberg, along with her role as a Hollywood icon.

  • Bodies and Spaces, Fabric and Light

    In this video essay, created in 2018, film scholars Adrian Martin and Cristina Álvarez López consider the visual style and formal brilliance of the Hollywood films of Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich.

  • Nicholas von Sternberg

    In this interview from 2014, director Josef von Sternberg’s son, Nicholas, discusses his father’s work with actor Marlene Dietrich.