Marlene Dietrich received her only Oscar nomination for playing Amy Jolly in Morocco.
Morocco is a boring, endlessly uncharismatic film about the Foreign Legion who takes up in Morocco. A young, naive man in the Legion sees an act by a seductive singer from Paris. The two share a careless relationship with each other until they figure out they can't live without one another. The film is visually appealing, but overall the story is so boring and the cast is all over the place, which makes the film a challenge to get through.
With her accent and her silent roots which show like a sore thumb, there is nothing to admire in Marlene Dietrich's interpretation of Amy. We know she has been jaded by men and really doesn't enjoy being solicited by them, yet we never get that feeling with Marlene. She's sexy, but merely a prop for the sexiness that the film wants to portray. Even when Amy gets to deliver a charming zinger, Marlene ruins it with a fake sounding voice and not knowing the line between being funny and being annoying. There's no depth, more like a picture - nice to look at, but there's nothing to watch or admire. It's part of having a badly written character and part Dietrich really did not know how to handle the character and bring her off of the page.