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The Devil Is a Woman (1935 film)

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The Devil Is a Woman (1935 film)

The Devil Is a Woman
Directed by Josef von Sternberg
Produced by Josef von Sternberg
Written by Pierre Louÿs (novel)
John dos Passos (screenplay)
Starring Marlene Dietrich
Lionel Atwill
Cesar Romero
Music by John Leipold
Heinz Roemheld
Cinematography Josef von Sternberg
Edited by Sam Winston
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
Running time
76 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Devil Is a Woman is a 1935 romance film directed and photographed by Josef von Sternberg, adapted from the 1898 novel La Femme et le pantin by Pierre Louÿs. The film was based on a screenplay by John Dos Passos, and stars Marlene Dietrich, with Lionel Atwill, Cesar Romero, Edward Everett Horton and Luisa Espinel. The original male lead was Joel McCrea who quit after von Sternberg insisted on 35 takes of McCrea asking a waiter for a cup of coffee.

Plot synopsis

The story takes place during the Carnival in Spain. Don Pasquale explains to Antonio Galvan that Concha Pérez broke his heart. In spite of this warning Antonio falls in love with Concha himself. This leads to a duel with pistols between Don Pasquale and Antonio. Concha begs Don Pasquale not to hurt Antonio, and he shoots into the air. Don Pasquale is wounded by Antonio's shot, but not fatally. Concha asks Antonio to take her to Paris, but then leaves him for Don Pasqual Costelar.


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