THE MOST BEAUTIFUL COUPLE
DAS SCHÖNSTE PAAR
2018, ARTE, 95 min, Germany/France, Dir: Sven Taddicken

Schoolteachers Malte and Liv are on summer vacation on the Mediterranean coast when they are attacked by a group of teenage intruders, a traumatic event that ultimately takes the couple years to overcome mentally and emotionally. Just when they begin to move on with their lives, Malte has a chance encounter with one of the perpetrators, and the couple are faced with a choice: continue to repress the experience or indulge their fantasies for revenge. Starring Luise Heyer, Maximilian Brückner and Leonard Kunz. “In terms of the emotive arc offered to the viewer, this film does things that are completely unexpected, and in doing so it moves far beyond the usual scope of narratives about recovery or revenge.” - Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film.


SHANGHAI EXPRESS
1932, Universal, 80 min, USA, Dir: Josef Von Sternberg

“It took more than one man to change my name to Shanghai Lily.” Fallen woman Marlene Dietrich just happens to run into her former boyfriend, British army captain Clive Brook, on a train hurtling through wartime China, in what many consider the high point of the Dietrich/Von Sternberg cycle. Along for the ride are some of Hollywood’s greatest supporting players of the day: lovely Anna May Wong, bullfrog-voiced Eugene Pallette and Warner Oland (doing a sinister spin on his Far East Charlie Chan persona).


MOROCCO
1930, Universal, 91 min, USA, Dir: Josef Von Sternberg

“You’d better go now, I’m beginning to like you,” purrs cabaret singer Marlene Dietrich to cocky young soldier boy Gary Cooper. If you’re going to see just one Foreign Legion movie, make it MOROCCO: Dietrich (in her first American film appearance) and Cooper are downright gorgeous, and Von Sternberg transforms the two-bit cantinas and barracks of Mogador into a splendid landscape of light & shadow.


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