Rent Morocco (1930)

3.5 of 5 from 72 ratings
1h 28min
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As jaded cabaret Mademoiselle Amy Jolly (Marlene Dietrich) falls for Tom Brown (Gary Cooper), a devil-may-care private in the French Foreign Legion. In spite of the clamor of other suitors, including man-of-the-world Kennington (Adolphe Menjou), Amy arranges a rendezvous with Tom Brown when their aloof attraction turns to love. But when Tom overhears the wealthy Kennington propose to Amy, he accepts a dangerous assignment, convinced that only Kennington can give the beautiful chanteuse the life she wants. All proves fair in love and war, however, when on the eve of the engagement to Kennington, Amy steals away to find the man she truly loves.
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Hector Turnbull
Jules Furthman, Benno Vigny
Lee Garmes, Hans Dreier
Universal Pictures
Classics, Drama, Romance
Release Date:
Run Time:
88 minutes
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, German Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Czech, Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
B & W
Release Date:
Run Time:
92 minutes
English, English LPCM Mono
English Hard of Hearing
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.19:1
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
  • 'Morocco' audio commentary with Daughters of Darkness' Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger Introductions to film by Nicholas von Sternberg, son of Josefvon Sternberg
  • Josef von Sternberg, a Retrospective (1969): feature-length documentary by Harry Kumel
  • The Twilightofan Angel (2012): documentary on Marlene Dietrich's final years
  • The Fashion Side of Hollywood (1935): Paramount promotional film
  • Lux Radio Theatre: 'The Legionnaire and the Lady:'(1936): radio play adaptation of Morocco Josef von Sternberg: An Introduction (2009): lecture by von Sternberg biographer John Baxter at BFI Southbank
  • The Art of Josef von Sternberg (2019): Nicholas von Sternberg discusses his father's artworks Video essay by film historian Tag Gallagher (2019)
  • So Mayer, author of Political Animals: The New Feminist Cinema, on the queer iconography and legacy of Dietrich and von Sternberg's films (2019)
  • Nathalie Morris, film historian, on the costume designs of Travis Banton (2019)
  • Image galleries
  • UK premieres on Blu-ray

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Classic Dietrich - Morocco review by PT

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A fantastic showcase for Marlene Dietrich, which makes the most of her talents. Von Sternberg was fascinated with the actress and this shows with the lighting and camerawork when she's on screen. There is a line in the film when she says to Gary Cooper, pertaining to her question did he join the foreign Legion to forget the past, when she replies that there is a french foreign Legion for women too, but we don't have the uniform or medals. Arriving in Morocco via ship, we know nothing of her past except for the Legion quote we hear later, that gives us a clue to her fragility.

There she takes a job as a cabaret singer. She is awesome in these set pieces, smouldering and seductive in her top hat and tails. This is where she meets Gary Cooper and an on off romance ensues. Dietrich is simultaneously the seductress and a vulnerable woman in this film, which is why it's so great.

The ending is just so beautifully shot and moving, framed by the entrance gates , which reminded me of similar framing by John Ford in the Searchers. Great movie.

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