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Director: Kurt (Curtis) Bernhardt.
Starring: Marlene Dietrich,  Fritz Kortner. 

Marlene Dietrich’s first real starring role, pre-dating The Blue Angel, was as the femme fatale in this darkly romantic German thriller. The mysterious Stascha is bound to her lover, the sinister Dr Karoff, by a terrible secret. But one night,on a crowded train, she catches the eye of a young man who abandons everything, including his new bride, to pursue her. A riotous New Year’s Eve party – conjured up with Pabstian panache  – is the scene of mounting tension between Stascha and her two obsessive admirers. Director Kurt (Curtis) Bernhardt was later renowned for his powerful Hollywood melodramas.

With live accompaniment by Neil Brand

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