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Morocco (1930)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 6 December 1930 (USA)
A cabaret singer and a Legionnaire fall in love, but their relationship is complicated by the results of his womanizing and due to the appearance of a rich man who wants her for himself.

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(as Josef Von Sternberg)

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(adapted by), (from the play "Amy Jolly" by)
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Lo Tinto
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The Foreign Legion marches in to Mogador with booze and women in mind just as singer Amy Jolly arrives from Paris to work at Lo Tinto's cabaret. That night, insouciant legionnaire Tom Brown catches her inimitably seductive, tuxedo-clad act. Both bruised by their past lives, the two edge cautiously into a no-strings relationship while being pursued by others. But Tom must leave on a perilous mission: is it too late for them? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Drama | Romance

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.20 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

Quotes

Tom Brown: What in the name of 10,000 corporals did you come to a country like this for anyways?
Amy Jolly: I understand that men are never asked why they entered the Foreign Legion...
Tom Brown: That's right. They never asked me and if they had I wouldn't have told. When I crashed the Legion, I ditched the past.
Amy Jolly: There's a foreign legion of women, too. But we have no uniforms, no flags, and no medals when *we* are brave; no wound stripes when *we* are hurt.
Tom Brown: Look here, is there anything I can do to help you?
Amy Jolly: No. I've thought ...
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Soundtracks

Quand l'amour meurt
(1904) (uncredited)
Music by Octave Crémieux
Lyrics by Georges Millandy
Sung by Marlene Dietrich in Lo Tinto's nightclub
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Stunning Ending
9 February 2003 | by (the rock) – See all my reviews

MOROCCO is first and foremost an atmospheric film. Anyone who looks for more didn't understand what Josef von Sternberg created here. It's pure atmosphere. A reverie. The film is at times creaky but it's understandable because it was made over 70 years ago! There are several stand-out scenes in MOROCCO, including the famous kiss scene and the one when Marlene breaks a pearl necklace but what makes this Sternberg film so memorable is the stunning ending. Suddenly, the creaky film looks positively contemporary. Are we really in 1930s and not the wild 1970s?!?! The brilliant ending MAKES the movie. Without it, it would probably have been an enjoyably moody but average 1930s flick. With it, MOROCCO becomes a timeless classic. It's probably the most stunning ending ever made, with so many layers of meaning with that one prolonged static shot. It's visually brilliant and sexy on so many levels.


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