The Devil Is a Woman

The Devil Is a Woman

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 carnival in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Spain. Through a series of flashbacks, Captain Costelar (Lionel Atwill) recounts to the young Antonio Galvan (Cesar Romero) the story of his harrowing affair with the notorious seductress Concha Perez (Dietrich), warning his listener to gird himself against her charms. Despite his counsel, Galvan falls under Concha’s spell, leading to a violent denouement. Ever the ornate visual stylist, von Sternberg evokes Spanish culture with a touch of the luridly fantastic, further elevated by Travis Banton’s opulent costume design and award-winning cinematography by von Sternberg himself.

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The Devil Is a Woman
  • The Devil Is a Woman

    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...

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  • "If It Isn't Pain"

    When actor Marlene Dietrich and director Josef von Sternberg made THE DEVIL IS A WOMAN together in 1935, Joseph Breen had recently been installed as head of the Production Code Administration, which enforced decency standards in motion pictures. Many changes were required of THE DEVIL IS A WOMAN,...