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Film series highlights Dietrich, Garbo in their greatest roles; it starts Dec. 1 with 'Ninotchka' and continues Dec. 2 with 'Destry Rides Again'

COURTESY: NORTHWEST FILM CENTER - GARBO"Dietrich & Garbo in the 1930s" is a film series, Dec. 1-30, that examines the work of two of the biggest Hollywood movie stars, Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich.

Sound finally entered pictures in the 1930s, and several top films featured Garbo, who moved from her native Sweden to star for MGM, and Dietrich, who came from Germany to counter Garbo/MGM and found success as Josef von Sternberg's main collaborator at Paramount.

The lineup at Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 S.W. Park Ave.:

• "Ninotchka," 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 (Garbo, 1939; career waning, but she earned an Academy Award nomination and retired two years later)

• "Destry Rides Again," 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 (Dietrich, 1939; she plays Frenchy, a dance hall singer and entertainer in the Old West, opposite James Stewart)

• "The Kiss," 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 (Garbo, 1929; it was an Art Deco, quasi-silent film with synced sound effects)

• "The Blue Angel," 4:30 p.m. Dec. 9 (Dietrich, 1930; first German talkie shot her to fame and to move to the U.S.)

• "Anna Christie," 7 p.m. Dec. 9 (Garbo, 1930; it was her first talkie, and she earned an Academy Award nomination in the title role)

COURTESY: NORTHWEST FILM CENTER - DIETRICH• "Morocco," 2 p.m. Dec. 15 (Dietrich, 1930; first Hollywood collaboration with her and Josef von Sternberg)

• "Dishonored," 4:30 p.m. Dec. 16 (Dietrich, 1931; spy thriller was commercial flop but considered a masterpiece)

• "Mata Hari," 7 p.m. Dec. 21 (Garbo, 1931; she plays an exotic dancer/spy in MGM's biggest film of pre-Code era, where almost anything went)

• "Shanghai Express," 4:30 p.m. Dec. 22 (Dietrich, 1932; a film that cemented her place in Hollywood lore)

• "Blonde Venus," 7 p.m. Dec. 22 (Dietrich, 1932; right after "Shanghai Express," it was a domestic drama)

• "Queen Christina," 4:30 p.m. Dec. 23 (Garbo, 1933; massive MGM hit after her 18-month absence from silver screen)

• "The Scarlet Empress," 7 p.m. Dec. 23 (Dietrich, 1934; she matches von Sternberg's stylistic audacity with a fierce performance)

• "The Devil is a Woman," 7 p.m. Dec. 28 (Dietrich, 1935; final Paramount collaboration with von Sternberg)

• "Anna Karenina," 7 p.m. Dec. 29 (Garbo, 1935; commercial and critical success from the Tolstoy adaptation)

• "Camille," 7 p.m. Dec. 30 (Garbo, 1936; a smoldering romantic barn burner for her and director George Cukor)

Tickets are $5-$10. For more: www.nwfilm.org.

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