9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 1 February 2010
Dietrich starts off as a rather plump peasant girl and ends up as a langurous beauty. Sculptor,Brian Aherne, spots her, models her in the nude, but being poor fails to make an honest woman of her and allows his patron, Lionel Atwill, a lecherous count, to take her instead. The plot is nonsense, but Dietrich is, as always, totally fascinating, there are some daring moments - sex may not happen on screen as it does today but a lot gets suggested - and it is never dull.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 28 November 2012
A rather naive young country girl (Marlene Dietrich) moves to Berlin to live with her miserly aunt (Alison Skipworth, DANGEROUS). There, she falls in love with a sculptor (Brian Aherne), she poses nude for him, who abandons her thus leaving her in the hands of the crude and decadent Baron (Lionel Atwill) who will transform her. This excessive gaudy melodrama, directed by Rouben Mamoulian, is entertaining in its own flamboyant way but its artistic pretensions are not to be taken seriously. The film is divided into three parts: Dietrich the country girl, Dietrich the bruised Baroness, Dietrich the slut. Curiously, Dietrich is most effective as the trusting country maid though there's nothing rustic about her! Surprisingly, her performance seems to get progressively worse as her character becomes more sophisticated. Innocence, betrayal, suffering, decadence: all the things fans of 30s kitsch could ask for in one movie though one may wonder that this came from the same director who gave us the elegant LOVE ME TONIGHT the year before. With Helen Freeman and Hardie Albright.
The Universal DVD is an adequate transfer.