I AM SUZANNE! (1933)

Dir. Rowland V. Lee

Director Rowland V. Lee, cameraman Lee Garmes and actor Gene Raymond followed their poetic Zoo in Budapest (1933) with this charming, sepia-tinted musical, screening in a recently restored version. As in the earlier film, Raymond is a dreamer who ends up protecting a young woman, but this time he's a puppeteer in love with Suzanne (Lilian Harvey), a dancer whose career seems to be over when she's injured in a fall. She starts out dominated by a manager who not only tries to force her to marry him, but takes all credit for her success, claiming "I am Suzanne!" Under Raymond's care, however, she takes control of her own life and even seizes the film's title as her own watch cry. This was the third of four films Harvey made for Fox Studios after becoming an international star in UFA's Congress Dances (1931) and captures the charm and talent that made her a sensation. The songs are by Friedrich Hollander, who also wrote some of Marlene Dietrich's biggest hits.

In attendance: Katie Trainor.

This screening is presented with a print courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art.

I AM SUZANNE!
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