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- kevin sellers
That last shot of Marlene Dietrich abandoning her urban, sophisticate identity and and going off into the desert, along with her fellow female camp followers, to be with her true French Legionaire love, as the hot wind blows and her white dress and blonde hair billow, is one of the great poetic images of 30s Hollywood. Alas, it comes at the end of a truly clunky story that expects the viewer to care whether Dietrich ends up with dull Gary Cooper or duller Adolphe Menjou. I know you don't go to a Von Sternberg film for the plot and the characters but rather for the imagery and the lighting and the mood of dreamy romanticism. But I'm a story/character guy from way back and this kind of movie just leaves me cold. Give it a B minus. P.S. I can just imagine beady eyed Will Hays watching the scene in the cabaret where Dietrich erotically kisses Eve Southern and thinking, "Just wait till I get my hands on this immoral industry!"
Morocco -one of the great movies
- Joann Dietch
I find it hard to believe that only 4 people have written reviews on Morocco.It is one of the best movies ever. This is the movie that starts young people on the journey through black and white films. Who knows where they will end up??
Morocco beats Casblanca
A GREAT picture and WOW! You can feel the SIZZLE between Cooper and Dietrich!
Outstanding film on several levels. When people refer to "chemistry" between actors, this is what they mean, and this is one of the finest examples of this on film. Cooper and Dietrich are both hot and cool at the same time, which you can only fully understand if you see this film. Hot for each other, but trying to be cool about it. They both absolutely smolder. This is also the film in which Dietrich wears a tuxedo and kisses another woman after she gives her a flower in appreciation of her performance as a torch singer. Men just love this scene. Adolphe Menjou is wonderful as Dietrich's lover--love in the truest and most unselfish form--he takes her to say goodbye to Cooper, his rival, as is French Foreign Legion unit is leaving for battle, because he knows it will make her happy. He doesn't get angry when she walks out of their engagement party when she hears the drums of his unit arriving from battle, and even takes her to a distant field hospital to look for Cooper, because he loves her and wants her to be happy. The ending is wonderful, too. Very much worth seeing.
- Don Owens
IF you like early Marlene Dietrich, Gary Cooper before Beau Geste, and Adolphe Menjou then this is a MUST SEE MOVIE! I finally watched the entire movie yesterday and really enjoyed it! For 1930 it is extraordinary! Marlene is so European, Cooper so American, and Menjou the inbetween fall guy all playing so well off each other. Add the North African/foreign legion setting and its a winner for the TMC movie junkies like me! Watch IT you'll like IT!
A love story for men
Morocco is one of my very favorite movies. I saw it for the first time on the silver screen at a downtown art theatre, and I had adopted Marlene Dietrich into the family of my heart from the moment the film ended. Gary Cooper, too. Their first kiss in this movie even tops Claude Rains' in Casablanca ("Round up the usual suspects") for impact when viewed for the first time. Morocco is cool in every way, both as an overall united whole and in the isolated details, from the first second of the film to the last. Love itself is cool in the same way, and Morocco is a magnificent love story - especially so with Marlene Dietrich being the feminine portion of the love equation. She is one of the very few actresses to ever actually present a cool persona while remaining feminine, and she is exemplary in Morocco. I would really like to have met Marlene Dietrich and to have told her how much I appreciate her talent. TCM should broadcast this film.