Marlene Dietrich Festival

Marlene Dietrich startled Hollywood in her American debut "Morocco" (1931), when she graced the stage in a snazzy suit & tie and romanced both Gary Cooper and a female audience member in her act! 

This enigmatic, unexpected and intensely glamorous persona would prove to be her hallmark in a series of masterpieces that teleported her into a Hollywood legend. 

Academy Cinemas are showcasing nine films from the height of her fame, including six collaborations with fellow German émigré and film director Josef Von Sternberg - an artistic epoch in which Hollywood reached whole new levels of photographic beauty, avant-grade production design and poetic bravado. 

If you bought tickets to sessions cancelled due to the COVID-19 lockdown, please email Academy Cinemas to reschedule to a replacement screening (at no extra cost!). 


Morocco (1930)

92 mins | Rated PG

Morocco (1930)

92 mins | Rated PG

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Saturday September 05

Dishonored (1931)

91 mins | Rated PG

Dishonored (1931)

91 mins | Rated PG

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Saturday September 05

Blonde Venus (1932)

94 mins | Rated PG

Blonde Venus (1932)

94 mins | Rated PG

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Monday August 31

Shanghai Express (1932)

82 mins | Rated PG

Tuesday September 01

The Devil Is a Woman (1935)

79 mins | Rated G

Thursday September 03

The Scarlet Empress (1934)

104 mins | Rated PG

Friday September 04
Academy Cinemas will also screen a double feature of Marlene Dietrich's collaborations with Billy Wilder: two of her most popular late-career turns and showcases for her acting ferocity. 


Finally on the last day of the festival we show the film that launched her triumphant return to Hollywood royalty after being deemed ‘box office poison’ - the western "Destry Rides Again" with James Stewart, playing as part of our Fathers' Day Western Double Feature. Be sure to check out the other film in the Fathers' Day Double Feature: "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962). 

Destry Rides Again (1939)

94 mins | Rated PG

Sunday September 06