Gran interpretación de Dietrich. Ella es la actriz que es símbolo de deseo, y en este historia se da de forma literal. Una prostituta convertida en agente, es decir, siempre su sensualidad como herramienta de seducción para los hombres. Von Sternberg en tanto es constructor de un mundo de claros oscuros. Se respira dramatismo. El honor y el romance como enemigos en medio del mundo en guerra es temática central.
really loved this one. Dietrich and von Sternberg's collaborations are really coming into full swing for me. her dry delivery and wry facial expressions within von Sternberg's world where, it seems, love just cannot fully be realized, or rather, is never easy, works to bring about a charm that leaves me disarmed. it seems, for Dietrich, love is simply a metaphor for willingness to succumb, even if it means death.
Visual rapture, as should be expected from Sternberg—every shot feels like it should be mounted on a wall. I love the setup for a sexual allegory, but as sexual allegories go, it's curiously passionless. The interactions between Dietrich and McLaglen are so stiff and stilted that I had to wonder if Sternberg was up to something I just couldn't see. For a vision more perversely alive, seek out The Scarlet Empress.
I think this is the 19th consecutive 5-star movie I've rated, & what a phenomenal one it is. Sternberg and Dietrich are aware of the elusiveness of reality, and of its physical presence. At times, Dietrich--the way she moves,speaks, is lit, is directed--seems to almost pierce through matter into some other dimension. But the force of the material world-its customs and its traditions to boot--always pulls her back.
Was going to be a 3/5, because quite honestly the story is a mess and, surprisingly, not all that interesting...that is, until the last 20-25 minutes or so. Then all of the elements that make a great von Sternberg film come together perfectly, as atmosphere and photography give an atmospheric and dramatic edge to everything. Not near his best, but still a must for fans of the director.