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Sternberg and Dietrich: The Phenomenology of Spectacle

James Phillips


James Phillips’s Sternberg and Dietrich: The Phenomenology of Spectacle reappraises the cinematic collaboration between the Austrian-American filmmaker Josef von Sternberg (1894–1969) and the German-American actor Marlene Dietrich (1901–1992). Considered by his contemporaries to be one of the most significant directors of Golden-Age Hollywood, Sternberg made seven films with Dietrich that helped establish her as a style icon and star and entrenched his own reputation for extravagance and aesthetic spectacle. These films enriched the technical repertoire of the industry, challenged the sexual m ... More

Keywords: Marlene Dietrich, Josef von Sternberg, autonomy, Paramount, glamor, Golden-Age Hollywood, stars, collaboration, images, cinematic philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190915247
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190915247.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Phillips, author
Associate Professor, University of New South Wales

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