Essential Cinema: Pre-Code Treasures, Presented by MUBI


Directed by Josef von Sternberg

USA, 1932, 1h 22min, 35mm

Essential Cinema  Pre-Code Treasures, Presented by MUBI

There are no current or future screenings planned for this film.

AFS Members are invited to join us for a Member Mixer on August 20 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM.

Kate Cronin of UT Austin’s Radio, Television & Film department will lead an audience discussion following the Thu, Aug 16. screening; Charles Ramirez Berg will lead the Mon, Aug 20 post-screening discussion.

The director-star tandem of Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich created a cinematic magic that other teams could only hope to achieve. When her extravagant cheekbones, polymorphous perversity, and deadpan delivery met his gauzy, feathered, and frankly kitschy mise-en-scene, the viewer sees into a kind of dream world of the cinema. Here, Dietrich plays a famous Courtesan, traveling on a cross-continental Chinese railroad line, who becomes involved in an intrigue with a British doctor.

About this series

Scholar Dr. Caroline Frick joins us for a celebration of Hollywood films from the period of Hollywood history now known as the pre-code era. During this time, the studios had not yet made arrangements to self-censor their films for moral purity. As you might imagine, these movies are much wilder and more fun than the ones that followed a few years later, after the censorship code had been enacted. The first screening of each film will be followed by an audience discussion.