30’s movies marathon – part 13

The Devil is a Woman (1935, USA) – Marlene Dietrich teases her admirers to madness, offering only smiles in return for their favors and money. Dietrich’s exaggerated doll-like acting and the Spanish carnival setting makes the whole thing surreal. Watched it all.

Roberta
(1935, USA) – Almost like several good musicals I can think of, in the same way that a false note is almost like an accurate note. Watched: 14 minutes.

Becky Sharp (1935, USA) – The first three-color feature film, meaning that, not only is the sound poor and the story bad, it looks dreadful too. Watched: 12 minutes. IMDB reviewers say Becky Sharp is an elusive lost treasure, and, in its defense, it did win the award for Best Color Film at the Venice Film Festival of 1935, against stiff competition.

The Last Outpost (1935, USA) – Those rascally genocidal Kurds are no match for a pair of stout British officers. Hooray! Watched: 13 minutes, then fast forwarded to the end where the officer who isn’t Cary Grant dies gloriously. The film reused footage from a silent film shot at a different speed, which is why the Kurds move with super-speed.

Dracula’s Daughter (1936, USA) – Dracula’s daughter wants to be a good girl, but that’s difficult when you’re constantly walking around in the mist, spellbinding gentlemen with your hypno-ring. Unfortunately the other characters aren’t as interesting. Watched: 19 minutes.

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