Dietrich herself claimed THE DEVIL IS A WOMAN as her personal favourite from among her collaborations w/ von Sternberg. Is it their greatest collaboration? Almost nobody would say it is, but I might. It's probably their least fundamentally characteristic. It is fleet, anarchic, ironic, and occasionally outright hilarious. It can stand next to the best of Lubitsch. Dietrich operates here as pure unobstructed virtuoso.