Marlene Dietrich & Josef Sternberg at Paramount 1930-1935 (Blu-ray) Indicator Ltd

$149.95

The collaboration between filmmaker Josef von Sternberg and actress Marlene Dietrich is one of the most enduring in all Hollywood cinema. Tasked by Paramount bosses to find ‘the next big thing’, director von Sternberg lighted upon German silent star Dietrich and brought her to Hollywood. Successfully transitioning from the silent to the sound era, together they crafted a series of remarkable features that expressed a previously hitherto unbridled ecstasy in the process of filmmaking itself. Marked by striking cinematography, beautiful design and elaborate camerawork these vibrantly sensuous films redefined cinema of the time, while Dietrich’s sexually ambiguous on-screen personas caused a sensation and turned her from actor to superstar and icon. Lavish, lascivious and wildly eccentric, the films Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich made for Paramount Pictures in the 1930s provide a unique testimony to Hollywood’s Golden Age.

The six films that von Sternberg made with Dietrich in Hollywood are presented here in new restorations on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Containing a wealth of new and archival extras – including new appreciations, interviews, audio commentaries, rare films, outtakes and deleted audio, documentaries… and more! This collection is strictly limited to 6,000 units.

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Special Features

MOROCCO
2K restoration
Original mono audio
Audio commentary with film critics Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger (2019)
Introduction by Nicholas von Sternberg (2019, 11 mins): the son of Josef von Sternberg discusses Morocco as well as his father’s early film career
The Art of Josef von Sternberg (2019, 10 mins): Nicholas von Sternberg reflects on his father’s work in painting and sculpture
Lux Radio Theatre: ‘The Legionnaire and the Lady’ (1936, 59 mins): radio adaptation of Morocco, starring Marlene Dietrich and Clark Gable
Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
New and improved subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
UK premiere on Blu-ray

DISHONORED
4K restoration
Original mono audio
Introduction by Nicholas von Sternberg (2019, 12 mins): the son of Josef von Sternberg discusses Dishonored
Josef von Sternberg, a Retrospective (1969, 78 mins): feature-length television documentary by the acclaimed Belgian filmmaker Harry Kümel, containing rare interview footage with von Sternberg
“I did what he told me to do.” (2019, 17 mins): video essay on the films of Marlene Dietrich and Josef von Sternberg by film historian Tag Gallagher
Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
New and improved subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
UK premiere on Blu-ray

SHANGHAI EXPRESS
4K restoration
Original mono audio
Audio commentary with critic and film historian David Thompson (2019)
Introduction by Nicholas von Sternberg (2019, 4 mins): the son of Josef von Sternberg discusses Shanghai Express
Trouble in Hollywood (2019, 24 mins): writer and filmmaker Jasper Sharp explores the life and career of actor Anna May Wong
Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
New and improved subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
UK premiere on Blu-ray

BLONDE VENUS
4K restoration
Original mono audio
Audio commentary with film and arts critic Adrian Martin (2019)
Introduction by Nicholas von Sternberg (2019, 7 mins): the son of Josef von Sternberg discusses Blonde Venus
Dietrich, a Queer Icon (2019, 25 mins): So Mayer, author of Political Animals: The New Feminist Cinema, analyses the queer iconography and legacy of Marlene Dietrich
Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
New and improved subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
UK premiere on Blu-ray

THE SCARLET EMPRESS
4K restoration
Original mono audio
Audio commentary with writer and film programmer Tony Rayns (2019)
Introduction by Nicholas von Sternberg (2019, 7 mins): the son of Josef von Sternberg discusses The Scarlet Empress
Josef von Sternberg: An Introduction (2009, 75 mins): archival audio recording of von Sternberg’s biographer John Baxter exploring the director’s career in an event conducted at London’s BFI Southbank
The Twilight of an Angel (2012, 54 mins): Dominique Leeb’s acclaimed French television documentary on Marlene Dietrich’s final years
Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
New and improved subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
UK premiere on Blu-ray

THE DEVIL IS A WOMAN
4K restoration
Original mono audio
Introduction by Nicholas von Sternberg (2019, 9 mins): the son of Josef von Sternberg discusses The Devil Is a Woman
The Fashion Side of Hollywood (1935, 11 mins): Paramount Pictures promotional film featuring acclaimed costume designer and long-time Marlene Dietrich collaborator Travis Banton
Styling the Stars (2019, 23 mins): film historian Nathalie Morris explores the costume designs of Dietrich and von Sternberg’s Hollywood films
If It Isn’t Pain (Then It Isn’t Love) (1935, 3 mins): surviving audio from a deleted musical number
Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
New and improved subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
UK premiere on Blu-ray

Format

Bluray

Label

Indicator