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527 Ratings


Directed by Josef von Sternberg
United States, 1930
Romance, Drama


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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Morocco Directed by Josef von Sternberg

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1931 | 4 nominations including: Best Actress in a Leading Role

National Board of Review

1930 | Winner: Top Ten Films

National Film Preservation Board

1992 | Winner: National Film Registry

Kinema Junpo Awards

1932 | Winner: Best Foreign Language Film

Critics reviews

Morocco is the first Hollywood Dietrich-Sternberg film and the one I find hardest to watch. Indeed, while I’ve pressed PLAY on this one several times, I can’t swear to having seen it. A proper film screening might prove to be the answer, but I’d have to be fully caffeinated.
December 27, 2017
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To look upon MOROCCO today, one cannot help but be astonished by its queerness, sexually and narratively… MOROCCO would look modern and forward-leaning in any era. Today it still points the way to something else, just over the sands.
September 19, 2014
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What are people saying?

  • El Biffo's rating of the film Morocco

    Marlene Dietrich and Gary Cooper torment each other. This is the one where Marlene dons top hat and tails and kisses a woman on the mouth. She did this to female fans in real life, when she performed her cabaret act, and sometimes even whispered to them her hotel and room number. She was the real thing....

  • Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film Morocco

    Dull melodrama elevated both by Dietrich's fluid sexuality & before-its-time blurring of gendered iconography, as well as Sternberg's intelligent mise en scène. See this to discover where Fassbinder got his mirror symbolism (projection, self-reflection) & instances of characters confined & imprisoned by set-design (ensnared by a world & responsibilities; a shorthand for themes of possession, desire, objectification.)

  • Jason's rating of the film Morocco

    MOROCCO is one of the greatest films of the 30s. The level of sophistication and dexterity it demonstrates, considering this is the very beginning of the sound era, is staggering. It is paced in such a way that we are given ample space for shivers and suspended awe. It should go without saying that Marlene, in her insouciant majesty brandishing the decadence of Weimar and Prussian poise, is a bolt of lightning.

  • Bilouaustria's rating of the film Morocco

    CINEMA _ The first scene with Marlene Dietrich on stage and Gary Cooper falling for her is an instant classic. Their both sooo charismatic. Splendid scene as well when Dietrich breaks her neckless hearing the trumpet from the légion coming back. The way the film turns suddenly from laughs into real tragedy in one instant reminded me of this beautiful text from Bazin about "Une partie de campagne".

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Morocco

    On the 3D spectrum of cinema, the Sternberg-Dietrich films occupy a bizarre midpoint between a Lubitsch musical and Fellini Satyricon. This is one of their warmest: a war movie interested in the "girl" of "a girl in every port", a sexual allegory with Marlene drawn to her fantasy of a man in uniform and a characteristically boring Gary Cooper refusing to admit he wants monogamy. All this, plus a daring lesbian kiss.

  • josé neves's rating of the film Morocco

    Cinematography by Lee Garmes and Lucien Ballard. "Desire" list. There was no less ambiguous actor in his sexuality than Gary Cooper and in this extraordinary film both, Marlene and he, are at the height of their incomparable beauty. A man to follow through the desert sands.

  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film Morocco

    ***1/2. Superb travellings, Marlene Dietrich who irradiates the screen and Adolphe Menjou who can't hate her. A little slow at times nevertheless. Strongly recommended.

  • Karthik's rating of the film Morocco

    "Of one thing there is no doubt: Morocco reaffirms the magic of the movies, makes everything else look worn and faded, like a hot summer sunrise in the middle of a cold winter night." Tag Gallagher

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