n°231/ In Her Shoes

July 2016

by Nathalie Azoulai

Mature feminist women will never forget one of the last pictures of iconic Morocco directed by Josef Von Sternberg in 1930 and co-starring Marlene Dietrich and Gary Cooper. As her beloved follows his caravan through the desert, Amy Jolly hesitates about staying or cutting through the dunes to join her gorgeous legionnaire. She finally goes to him, a decision Sternberg captures by showing Amy kick off her elegant beige pumps in the sand, just the way passion blows away her mind and her freedom. Should women in cocktail dresses follow any man anywhere just for the sake of love ?


 Marlene Dietrich