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Desire

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Frank Borzage’s elegant, streamlined romantic comedy in the style of Ernst Lubitsch (who co-produced) translates the latter’s sophisticated worldliness into a characteristically soulful romanticism.

Marlene Dietrich stars as the vivacious, cultured jewel thief who cons a naïve automotive engineer (Gary Cooper) into smuggling a necklace from France into Spain, only for love to blossom despite their moral differences.

As in many of Dietrich’s greatest performances, costume, décor, gesture and the play of light take starring roles.