Wednesday, September 30, 2009


US 1930. PC: Paramount D: Josef von Sternberg. DP: Lee Garmes. CAST: Marlene Dietrich, Gary Cooper. Print: UCLA. Viewed at Cinema Orion, Helsinki, 29 Sep 2009. - From this masterpiece I revisited just the "Quand l'amour meurt" sequence with Marlene clad in top hat kissing a woman. - Brilliant restoration by UCLA with great scale of black and white, but there is probably difficulty in the source material, with a loss of detail and finesse, as the rightholders burned the original elements reportedly in the 1950s.

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