Capital Celluloid 2020 — Day 121: Sat Dec 5

Knight Without Armour (Feyder, 1937): BFI Southbank, NFT3, 2.50pm

This 35mm screening (also being presented on December 19th) is part of the Marlene Dietrich season runnign right through December at BFI Southbank (details here).

Time Out review:
Reality never held much sway at Alexander Korda's Denham studios, least of all during the making of this lavishly preposterous melodrama of Russian life before and after the 1917 Revolution. Marlene Dietrich is the cool, fur-swathed Countess Vladinoff, who strips down for two titillating baths during her protracted rush to freedom organised by much-bearded Robert Donat, who pretends to be a Russian Commissar but is actually AJ Fothergill, British secret agent. Jacques Feyder's typically stylish direction raises the film way above its subject matter, almost at times towards art.

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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