Netflix Graveyard: The Flame of New Orleans

Poster - Flame of New Orleans, The_02

Here we go again, loyal followers. I am about to fawn all over Marlene Dietrich once more. I just can’t help it she is so amazing…. I might also just be working my way through a Marlene Dietrich box set… But don’t tell anyone.

The current installment of Marlene Dietrich porn is The Flame of New Orleans. This time Dietrich is a penniless countess who finds herself in New Orleans trying to find a husband that would be willing to reconcile her debts. She find what she is looking for in a rich banker who has fallen head over heels from the moment they met. I guess he just cannot resist those banana curls piled sky high on top of her head. Things are going great until this countess meets a sea captain with a pet monkey. This sea captain is down on his luck and about to loose his ship if he doesn’t come up with the money for a debt he incurred from the banker. In other words, this sea captain is the opposite of the banker, but the countess falls in love with him, nonetheless. Her heart tells her to run off with the sea captain, but her brain says to marry the banker. This manifests itself in her pretending to have a cousin that looks exactly like her that so she can have her cake and eat it to. The banker offers the sea captain a deal: in exchange for the erasure of his debts, he is to get this cousin out of New Orleans. This of course complicates things for the countess. She cannot go back on her word and actions by saying it was all a joke, but she also doesn’t want to get shipped off with the sea captain on accident. Whatever will she do?

To be honest this is a boring storyline with non-charismatic love interests. But it doesn’t matter because Marlene Dietrich is wonderful… like always. She is able to transform herself in one scene from the countess to her doppelganger without the aid of significant physical changes. She just straightens her bangs and hunches over: bam completely different person. It did take me a moment to realize that it was Marlene Dietrich still on the screen. Just a moment though… Dietrich’s performance is really the only reason to watch this film. The script is unexceptional, the two male leads are boring and nothing more than copies of a copy, and the depiction of mid 1800s New Orleans is hardly authentic, especially when it comes to the black slaves. However, Dietrich shines in almost everything she does. So that is hardly saying anything about this movie.

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