Sunday, 24 February 2013

Dishonored (film)

The most fabulous Marlene Dietrich will be starring in March's Sunday matinee film at the Under Ground Theatre. Dishonored was released by Paramount Pictures in 1931 and is a black and white romantic spy thriller. 

Directed by Josef von Sternberg in the third of their seven collaborations, the film has Dietrich as Marie Kolverer, the Austrian Secret Service's most beautiful and seductive spy who is sent to spy on the Russians during World War One. Apparently the part of Colonel Kranau, Kolverer's target, was originally offered to Gary Cooper but he refused to work with von Sternberg again so Kranau was played by Victor McLaglen.

While the plot of Dishonored is often inconsistent and not ever really believable, what carries the film through is its great visuals. The masked ball, Dietrich's piano playing, and the final scene (which I won't name here in case you haven't already seen it) are all highlights which arguably bestow Dishonored with 'classic' status.

Under Ground Theatre, Sun 17th Mar, 14.30.
Tickets £6.50 to include and home-made cake after the film. Available online, by calling 0845 680 1926, on in person at the Under Ground Theatre.