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an evening of Marlene Dietrich - words first
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an evening of Marlene Dietrich
Sitting down to dinner, i always watch tv while eating, flipping channels I find "Shanghai Express" is on TCM. First time to see it and the following movie, "Morocco." For 1930 and '32 these films are great. Sternberg making S. Cali into China and then Morocco. Yes it is proto hollywood. [oh shit. Marlene just said "how do you like me now" with a very contemporary inflection. Haaa. 60 years before becoming common currancy] Only thing that seems a bizarre unnecessary inauthenticism to me is having the local sluts speak Spanish. I dunno why these movies aren't on dvd yet. Great soundtracks. Nice north african sounding music now.

Of course watching these two movies means that I go to work tomorrow without having done the 3 hours of work i said i would do during my 2 week vacation. but i was so busy. sleeping.

-oh, shit! have to edit this to add how hilarious the final scene of Morocco is. What? She's gonna walk across the desert in heels. Lucious leaving of the heels in the sand. and then Marlene behind the goats, following Gary Cooper into the sunset. heee haw. but romantic.
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From: fj Date: December 5th, 2004 09:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gawd. I miss TCM.
From: wrayb Date: December 6th, 2004 04:09 pm (UTC) (Link)


No cable or TCM not on your system?

I do have to be careful or I will watch and watch, enjoying the littly trivia given at the then of the movies and the unusual shorts they toss in from time to time.
From: fj Date: December 6th, 2004 04:22 pm (UTC) (Link)


Not in our current package. I don't want to spend more money on cable.

Geez, it was fun when my cable box broke and I got all premium channels for free. The Joan Crawford Month was a feast.
kwouk From: kwouk Date: December 6th, 2004 02:47 pm (UTC) (Link)


i haven't seen morocco in years. i forgot how good it was.
From: wrayb Date: December 6th, 2004 04:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: wow

for now i like both these two more than Blue Angel. Shanghai Lily has lots of scenes that are like paintings. Morocco is so proto hollywood, the cliches that created the cliches and they both have really excellent sound design, particularly for such early talkies. i need to find the Sternberg auto biog and get some insight on him and understand more of why most major actors disliked working with him.

oh, i just remembered, i d/led your kids of widney high vid last night but haven't watched it yet.

i look forward to it.

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