Weekend Matinees at 11:30am


Sat 27 Sep

Sun 28 Sep


directed by Josef von Sternberg starring Marlene Dietrich (1931)

Dietrich shows dazzling range—and a dazzling array of costume changes—as Agent X-27, a Mata Hari-esque spy who mixes business and pleasure during World War I. Highlighted by a feverish masked ball sequence, Dishonored—said to be a favorite of Godard’s—“takes high camp as a springboard to the dream-delirium that makes Sternberg one of the screen’s Surrealist poets of l’amour fou” (Raymond Durgnat).

<cite>Shanghai Express</cite>

Sat 4 Oct

Sun 5 Oct

Shanghai Express

directed by Josef von Sternberg starring Marlene Dietrich (1932)

It’s romance and intrigue aboard the titular locomotive, carrying a shady cargo-load of societal castoffs—including notorious man-eater Shanghai Lily (Dietrich). Von Sternberg explores the emotional capacities of light and shadow to transcendent effect; the hyper-stylized look and feel somehow give way to haunting, dreamlike moments of pure feeling.

<cite>Blonde Venus</cite>

Sat 18 Oct

Sun 19 Oct

Blonde Venus

directed by Josef von Sternberg starring Marlene Dietrich, Cary Grant, and Herbert Marshall (1932)

While her impoverished and sickly husband can’t even sell his body to medical science for radium treatment, Marlene Dietrich has to beat back those who’d gladly purchase hers. Hitting the streets to pay for her hubby’s medicine, Dietrich climbs up and down the socioeconomic ladder, including a lucrative affair with Cary Grant. Featuring Dietrich’s (in)famous gorilla-suited number “Hot Voodoo”!

<cite>The Scarlett Empress</cite>

Sat 15 Nov

Sun 16 Nov

The Scarlett Empress

directed by Josef von Sternberg starring Marlene Dietrich (1934)

Dietrich evolves from the blushing bride of the half-wit Grand Duke to S&M-freak empress Catherine the Great, in von Sternberg’s deranged, over-the-top vision of 18th-century Russia, replete with impossibly ornate architectural details—an expressionist riot of gargoyles, flickering candles, and looming shadows.

“The film tells the story of Catherine the Great as a bizarre visual extravaganza, combining twisted sexuality and bold bawdy humor as if Mel Brooks had collaborated with the Marquis de Sade.” —Roger Ebert

<cite>The Devil is a Woman</cite>

Sat 22 Nov

Sun 23 Nov

The Devil is a Woman

directed by Josef von Sternberg starring Marlene Dietrich (1935)

Dietrich and von Sternberg headed to Spain for their final collaboration, in which she plays Concha Perez, a beautiful seductress whose fickle ways drive rival suitors to extremes. Sternberg’s coldly formalist approach lends the melodramatic proceedings a cruel, ironic edge as passions and tempers boil over in an abstract world of glittering surfaces.

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