This legendary 1930 film contains one of the screen's great portrayals of romantic masochism--a lonely, disciplinarian professor (Emil Jannings) falls madly in love with a leggy, smoky-voiced, promiscuous chanteuse named Lola-Lola (Marlene Dietrich, pictured, in the role that made her famous) and suffers every evil consequence, excruciating humiliation and dark degradation conceivable. Based on Heinrich Mann's novel; directed (at his peak) by Josef von Sternberg (AMC Friday at 3 a.m.).
Other selected four-star films airing this week:
A Christmas Carol (1951) / AMC, Sunday, 11:35 a.m.; Monday, 5:30 and 9:15 p.m.; Tuesday, 3:30 and 9 p.m.
Gigi / Cinemax, Tuesday, 6:30 a.m.
Mary Poppins / Disney, Wednesday, 8:35 p.m.
Bringing Up Baby / AMC, Thursday, 5 and 8:30 p.m.
Destry Rides Again / AMC, Friday, 11:30 a.m., 6:45 and 11 p.m.
The French Connection / Cinemax, early Saturday, 1:25 a.m.