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Based on the legendary exploits of Mata Hari, Josef von Sternberg’s extravagant re-imagining of his native Vienna during World War I is a delirious but grounded mixture of irreverent historicism and romantic melodrama.

One of the director’s greatest works, it features a piercingly nonchalant performance by Marlene Dietrich as an alluring sex worker and spy who betrays her country for love.

This brilliantly designed and costumed (by Travis Banton) espionage tale provides a lucid portrait of a woman forced to use her sexuality in a hostile patriarchal world.

Co-stars Victor McLaglen.