Desire (1936 film)

Desire

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Directed byFrank Borzage
Produced byFrank Borzage
Ernst Lubitsch
Written byScreenplay:
Edwin Justus Mayer
Waldemar Young
Samuel Hoffenstein
Story:
Hans Székely
Robert A. Stemmle
StarringMarlene Dietrich
Gary Cooper
John Halliday
William Frawley
Music byFrederick Hollander
CinematographyCharles Lang
Victor Milner
Editing byWilliam Shea
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date(s)April 11, 1936 (USA)
Running time95 minutes
Country United States
LanguageEnglish
Spanish
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Desire is an American romantic drama film released in 1936 and directed by Frank Borzage. It was produced by Borzage and Ernst Lubitsch.[1]

The picture is a remake of the 1933 German film Die Schönen Tage von Aranjuez. The screenplay was written by Samuel Hoffenstein, Edwin Justus Mayer and Waldemar Young based on the play Die Schönen Tage von Aranjuez by Hans Székely and Robert A. Stemmle.

The music score was composed by Frederick Hollander and the cinematography was shot by Charles Lang and Victor Milner. Marlene Dietrich's wardrobe was designed by Travis Banton.

The film stars Marlene Dietrich, Gary Cooper and John Halliday, William Frawley, Akim Tamiroff,and Alan Mowbray.

Plot

The film tells of plays Madeleine de Beaupre (Marlene Dietrich), a devious jewel thief.

After stealing a string of pearls from jeweler Aristide Duval (Ernest Cossart), de Beaupre flees Paris. She leaves a trail that implicates psychiatrist Dr. Pauquet (Alan Mowbray).

As she headeds for the Spanish border, she nearly runs into Tom Bradley (Gary Cooper), an American auto engineer vacationing in Europe. De Beaupre spots Bradley again at the Spanish customs. She's worried that the pearls will be found in her handbag, so she slips them into Bradley's pocket.

After they make their way through inspection, de Beaupre flirts with Bradley in an attempt to get the pearls back. Bradley is too shy to respond so she gets his attention by trying to "repair" the engine of her car with a hammer.

De Beaupre lures Bradley to the San Sebastian estate of her partner in crime, Carlos Margoli (John Halliday). It doesn't take long for Tom to figure out what de Beaupre and Margoli are up to.

Yet, Bradley also knows that he's fallen for de Beaupre, and he's willing to go along as long as he's near her.

Background

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Marlene Dietrich as Madeleine de Beaupre and Gary Cooper as Tom Bradley.
John Gilbert was initially cast as Carlos Margoli, which was to be his comeback role. He had a heart attack in his dressing room a few weeks later and was immediately replaced by John Halliday. A few days later, Gilbert died of alcohol-induced heart failure.

Some of the scenes in the film were directed by Ernst Lubitsch whilst Frank Borzage was fulfilling a prior commitment at Warner Bros.

The film was shot at Paramount Studios and at the Iverson Ranch, Chatsworth, California and, unusual for its time, on location in France and Spain.

Of the film, Dietrich said:
The only film I need not be ashamed of is Desire, directed by Frank Borzage and based on a script by Ernst Lubitsch. I found Gary Cooper a little less monosyllabic than before. He was finally rid of Lupe Velez, who had been at his heels constantly throughout the shooting of Morocco.
and:
Desire became a good film and, moreover, also proved to be a box-office success. The script was excellent, the roles superb - one more proof that these elements are more important than actors.[2]

Cast

Footnotes

1. ^ .
2. ^ Marlene Dietrich web site.

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Frank Borzage[1] (April 23, 1894[2] –- June 19, 1962) was an American film director and actor famed for his mystical romanticism.

Borzage's father, Luigi, was born in Roncone, Austria-Hungary in 1859.
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Ernst Lubitsch

Birth name Ernst Lubitsch
Born January 28 1892(1892--)
Berlin, Germany
Died November 30 1947 (aged -45)

Spouse(s) Helene Kraus (1922 - 1930)
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Samuel "Sam" Hoffenstein (October 8, 1890 - October 6, 1947) was a screenwriter and a musical composer. Born in Russia, he immigrated to the United States and began a career in New York City as a newspaper writer and in the entertainment business.
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Marlene Dietrich

Dietrich at the Edinburgh International Festival,1964.
Birth name Marie Magdalene Dietrich
Born December 27, 1901
Berlin-Schöneberg, German Empire
Died May 6 1992 (aged 92)
Paris, France

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Gary Cooper

Gary Cooper
Birth name Frank James Cooper
Born May 7 1901(1901--)
Helena, Montana, U.S.
Died May 13 1961 (aged 60)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
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John Halliday (September 14 1880 - October 17 1947) was an American actor of stage and screen, who often played suave aristocrats and foreigners.

Despite his origins in Brooklyn, he often took on a British accent in his portrayals.
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William Frawley

Birth name William Clement Frawley
Born January 26 1887(1887--)
Burlington, Iowa, USA
Died March 3 1966 (aged 79)
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
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Friedrich Hollaender (October 18 1896- January 18 1976) was a German composer born in London. He was the son of composer Victor Hollander. The family returned to Germany and Frederick was educated at the Berlin Conservatory.
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Charles Bryant Lang, Jr. (July 4, 1901[1] – April 3, 1998) was a Oscar-winning American film cinematographer.

Early in his career he worked with the Akeley camera, a gyroscope-mounted "pancake" camera designed by Carl Akeley for outdoor action shots.
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Victor Milner (December 15, 1893 - October 29, 1972) was an award-winning cinematographer. He was nominated for ten cinematography Academy Awards, winning once for 1934's Cleopatra.
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William Alfred "Bill" Shea (June 21, 1907 – October 2, 1991) was a lawyer who is best known for his part in the return of National League professional baseball to New York City after the departure of the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants after the 1957 season, and for the
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Paramount Pictures Corporation

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Founded Los Angeles, California, USA (1912)
Headquarters Los Angeles, California, USA

Key people Brad Grey, Chairman and CEO
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April 11 is the 1st day of the year (2nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 0 days remaining.

Events

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1933 1934 1935 - 1936 - 1937 1938 1939

Year 1936 (MCMXXXVI
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Motto
"In God We Trust"   (since 1956)
"E Pluribus Unum"   ("From Many, One"; Latin, traditional)
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English}}} 
Writing system: Latin (English variant) 
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Official language of: 53 countries
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ISO 639-1: en
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 Spanish, Castilian
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Spanish (
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Motto
"In God We Trust"   (since 1956)
"E Pluribus Unum"   ("From Many, One"; Latin, traditional)
Anthem
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A romantic drama film is a film that seriously studies the romantic nature of relationships between people. Common themes include the characters making decisions based on a newly-found romantic attraction.
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-1936- 1937 1938 1939  1940 .  1941 .  1942 .  1943  . 1944  . 1945  . 1946 

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Frank Borzage[1] (April 23, 1894[2] –- June 19, 1962) was an American film director and actor famed for his mystical romanticism.

Borzage's father, Luigi, was born in Roncone, Austria-Hungary in 1859.
..... Click the link for more information.
Ernst Lubitsch

Birth name Ernst Lubitsch
Born January 28 1892(1892--)
Berlin, Germany
Died November 30 1947 (aged -45)

Spouse(s) Helene Kraus (1922 - 1930)
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-1933- 1934 1935 1936  1937 .  1938 .  1939 .  1940  . 1941  . 1942  . 1943 

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Anthem
"Das Lied der Deutschen" (third stanza)
also called "Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit"
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Samuel "Sam" Hoffenstein (October 8, 1890 - October 6, 1947) was a screenwriter and a musical composer. Born in Russia, he immigrated to the United States and began a career in New York City as a newspaper writer and in the entertainment business.
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Friedrich Hollaender (October 18 1896- January 18 1976) was a German composer born in London. He was the son of composer Victor Hollander. The family returned to Germany and Frederick was educated at the Berlin Conservatory.
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Charles Bryant Lang, Jr. (July 4, 1901[1] – April 3, 1998) was a Oscar-winning American film cinematographer.

Early in his career he worked with the Akeley camera, a gyroscope-mounted "pancake" camera designed by Carl Akeley for outdoor action shots.
..... Click the link for more information.
Victor Milner (December 15, 1893 - October 29, 1972) was an award-winning cinematographer. He was nominated for ten cinematography Academy Awards, winning once for 1934's Cleopatra.
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Travis Banton (August 18, 1894 - February 2, 1958) was the chief designer at Paramount Pictures. He is considered one of the most important Hollywood costume designers of the 1930s.

He was born in Waco, Texas. Travis moved to New York City as a child.
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Marlene Dietrich

Dietrich at the Edinburgh International Festival,1964.
Birth name Marie Magdalene Dietrich
Born December 27, 1901
Berlin-Schöneberg, German Empire
Died May 6 1992 (aged 92)
Paris, France

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