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Silent cinema

A Modern Dubarry

+ intro by BFI Curator Bryony Dixon

Eine Dubarry von heute

Silent star María Corda excels in frothy Parisian society (look out for Marlene Dietrich in a supporting role).

Image from A Modern Dubarry + intro by BFI Curator Bryony Dixon

Germany 1927
Dir Alexander Korda
With María Corda, Alfred Abel, Friedrich Kayssler, Marlene Dietrich
c102min
35mm
English subtitles
With live piano accompaniment by Jonny Best

Made in Germany, set in France and pitched to attract international markets, this frothy drama features Korda’s first wife María Corda, star of the Austrian silent screen, as Toinette, a shopgirl who rises to success in a fashionable dress salon. Corda’s performance dazzled contemporary audiences. Watch out for Marlene Dietrich in a small part as a French coquette.


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