Archive for tag: Josef von Sternberg

Blu-ray: ‘The Blue Angel’

5 December, 2012 (15:35) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, Film Reviews | By: Sean Axmaker

The Blue Angel (Kino) – American director Josef von Sternberg went to Germany to direct Emil Jannings in his transition from silent to sound cinema and returned to Hollywood with an international hit and a new star: Marlene Dietrich. Not exactly what Jannings had in mind, but then how could he know that the theatrical […]

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Style vs. ‘Style': The Good, the Bad, and the Whatever

4 September, 2012 (18:42) | by Richard T. Jameson, Essays | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Film Comment, March-April 1980] Junior high-school memory (Art class? English? Doesn’t matter): “art = form + content.” Sez who? Sez the teacher, who does not want to be bothered with picky questions about art, won’t say anything about form that she can’t test you on via the multiple-choice method, and wants to […]

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Savoir-être: Josef von Sternberg’s ‘Morocco’

2 January, 2011 (08:20) | by Richard T. Jameson | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally written for a University of Washington Lectures & Concerts Film Series, “Sternberg and Dietrich”; reprinted in Movietone News No. 37, November 1974] Marlene Dietrich first appeared to American audiences as a dark figure browsing over the deck of a ship in the fog somewhere off the coast of Morocco. Her visual treatment on this […]

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Silents Please: Shadows, Silence and Sternberg

26 August, 2010 (18:24) | by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Silent Cinema | By: Sean Axmaker

3 Silent Classics by Josef Von Sternberg (Criterion) Josef von Sternberg is the great stylist of the thirties, a Hollywood maverick with a taste for visual exoticism and baroque flourishes (which prompted David Thomson to dub him “the first poet of underground cinema”). That’s the cliché, anyway, based largely on his collaborations with Marlene Dietrich, […]

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Silents Please! The San Francisco Silent Film Festival 2009 (Part 2)

27 July, 2009 (17:16) | by Sean Axmaker, Film Festivals, Silent Cinema | By: Sean Axmaker

Bardelys the Magnificent The most anticipated event at any silent film festival is the premiere of a “lost” film, rediscovered and restored. Bardelys the Magnificent, the 1926 swashbuckler starring John Gilbert and directed by King Vidor, was long thought lost for good but for a brief glimpse in Vidor’s Show People. Then a single surviving […]

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