An interesting candidate for Stanley Cavell's "comedy of remarriage" genre, with the two mock husbands overseeing the final union. It's also a pleasing combination of two great Hollywood talents, Lubitsch and Borzage (though the best elements here are, I think, Lubitsch), where Dietrich proves that she was always, perhaps above all, a great comedienne of the screen.
35mm, re-rating. It's neither Lubitsch nor Borzage, with some hints of both, by the perversive sophistication of the former and by the melodramatic sublimation of the latter, but it's mainly a film based on this approximation to those two great directors. With a clever script in its ambiguity and ambivalence (far from the current demonstrative rule) and two of the most beautiful animals ever, Cooper and Marlene.
During the Depression, people didn't want to see the harsh reality of their lives. They wanted fantasy and this has it all. America is 6'3" and going to punch you in the face if you tricky Eurotrash try anything fancy. Of course, how well would Dietrich do in America married to a man who doesn't make that much money? Luckily she has a wonderful singing voice, but would he let her?