Marlene Dietrich & Josef von Sternberg

Marlene Dietrich & Josef von Sternberg

8 Episodes

Tasked by studio executives with finding the next great screen siren, visionary Hollywood director Josef von Sternberg joined forces with rising German actor Marlene Dietrich, kicking off what would become one of the most legendary partnerships in cinema history. Over the course of the seven sumptuously stylized films they made together in the 1930s, the pair refined their shared fantasy of pleasure, beauty, and excess. Dietrich’s coolly transgressive mystique was a perfect match for the provocative roles von Sternberg cast her in—including a sultry chanteuse, a cunning spy, and the hedonistic Catherine the Great—and the filmmaker captured her allure with chiaroscuro lighting and opulent design, conjuring fever-dream visions of exotic settings from Morocco to Shanghai. Suffused with frank sexuality and worldly irony, these deliriously entertaining masterpieces are landmarks of cinematic artifice.

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Marlene Dietrich & Josef von Sternberg
  • Marlene Dietrich & Josef von Sternberg Teaser

    Episode 1

  • The Blue Angel

    Episode 2

    Directed by Josef von Sternberg • 1930 • Germany
    Starring Emil Jannings, Marlene Dietrich, Kurt Gerron

    The crowning achievement of Weimar-era German cinema, this exquisite parable of one man’s fall from respectability was the film that catapulted Marlene Dietrich to international stardom. Emil J...

  • Morocco

    Episode 3

    Directed by Josef von Sternberg • 1930 • United States
    Starring Gary Cooper, Marlene Dietrich, Adolphe Menjou

    With this romantic reverie, Marlene Dietrich made her triumphant debut before American audiences and unveiled the enthralling, insouciant persona that would define her Hollywood collabor...

  • Dishonored

    Episode 4

    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 ...

  • Blonde Venus

    Episode 5

    Directed by Josef von Sternberg • 1932 • United States
    Starring Marlene Dietrich, Herbert Marshall, Cary Grant

    Josef von Sternberg returned Marlene Dietrich to the stage in BLONDE VENUS, both a glittering spectacle and a sweeping melodrama about motherly devotion. Unfolding episodically, the fil...

  • Shanghai Express

    Episode 6

    Directed by Josef von Sternberg • 1932 • United States
    Starring Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook, Anna May Wong

    An intoxicating mix of adventure, romance, and pre-Code salaciousness, SHANGHAI EXPRESS marks the commercial peak of an iconic collaboration. Marlene Dietrich is at her wicked best as Sha...

  • The Scarlet Empress

    Episode 7

    Directed by Josef von Sternberg • 1934 • United States
    Starring Marlene Dietrich, John Lodge, Sam Jaffe

    Marlene Dietrich stars in Josef von Sternberg’s feverishly debauched biopic as the spoiled princess Sophia Frederica, who grows up being groomed for greatness and yearning for a handsome husba...

  • The Devil Is a Woman

    Episode 8

    Directed by Josef von Sternberg • 1935 • United States
    Starring Marlene Dietrich, Lionel Atwill, Cesar Romero

    Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich went out with a bang in their final film together, THE DEVIL IS A WOMAN, a surreal tale of erotic passion and danger set amid the tumult of carni...