I Am Suzanne! 1933. USA. Directed by Rowland V. Lee. With Lillian Harvey, Gene Raymond, Leslie Banks. 35mm. 98 min.
The first of the German stars to arrive at Fox was the musical sensation Lillian Harvey, her transition much aided by the facility in English she had inherited from her British mother. Her second Fox film was her best: this strange, Surrealist-influenced musical, in which she plays a French music hall star in thrall to her Svengali-like manager. But a puppeteer (Gene Raymond) who loves her from afar creates a marionette in her image, which becomes her substitute self when she is injured in a fall off stage and is no longer able to perform. The gauzy photography by Lee Garms contributes to the dreamlike mood established by director Rowland V. Lee. MoMA’s lavender-tinted print was created from the sole surviving nitrate original. Preservation funded by Turner Classic Movies and the Celeste Bartos Fund for Film Preservation.