(aka 'La Belle ensorceleuse')

Directed by René Clair
USA 19
41

 

 Dietrich without mystery, in a 1941 vehicle typical of her Universal period. After Sternberg, her scripts got heavier and her costumes skimpier, and Dietrich turned from a teasingly complex femme fatale into a leggy pinup girl with a penchant for sailors. Here it's a steamboat captain (Bruce Cabot) whose he-manliness distracts Dietrich from her gold-digging efforts with fey Roland Young. Exiled Frenchman Rene Clair directed, although the continental charm the producers must have hoped for didn't materialize.

Excerpt from Dave Kehr's capsule at the Chicago Reader located HERE.

Dietrich is the premier good-time girl of 19th-century New Orleans, who just can't help falling in love with - and destroying - the men who cross her path. This time, however, she can't make her mind up between Young's sweetly feckless moneybags and Cabot's rough-and-ready ship captain. So, Marlene being Marlene, she has them both. Clair - making his first Hollywood film - tries valiantly to inject some weight into this fluffy material, but it's a losing battle. The star blazes brightly enough, but there's very little for her to do except flit between partners and procrastinate about who to dump.

Excerpt from Channel 4 located HERE

 

Theatrical Release: April 24th, 1941

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DVD Release Date: December 6th, 2005

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This is a shade grainer than most others in the collection but still looks exceptional considering the age of the film and its single layered DVD transfer production. Clear audio and plenty of optional subtitles give this a universality to be shared with many. This is a reasonably priced DVD (as are all in the collection) and is a must-own for the patient fans who have anticipated these releases.  

Dietrich may not be at her most intense here but her hypnotic allure is in full gear.  

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