|Marlene Dietrich and John Wayne
I’m traveling through Europe and stopped in Berlin to see the Museum of Film and Television. Housed in a fabulous, modern, building it has interesting exhibits from the era of silent movies up to today. From the silent era, this clip from the horror movie The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is so vivid and well done! I stood mesmerized as I watched it. I can see why it’s a classic.
They also have an entire exhibit of Marlene Dietrich’s costumes from her movies as well as some famous public and private photos. The photo above is from her private collection. Just look at these two. With Wayne’s tie undone and Marlene reaching up to hold his hand still as he lights her cigarette, the photo is the epitome of cool.
And Marlene was amazing. I’ll admit I didn’t know a whole lot about her before viewing this exhibit, but now I find her fascinating. She broke norms and apparently broke hearts if the passionate telegrams, postcards, and letters written to her are any indication. Seems as though everyone was drawn to her and more than a few fell in love with her. She must have been a larger than life personality.
There’s a scene from a movie where she’s singing a song and takes a cigarette from a soldier, smokes it as she strolls across the nightclub floor, and then passes it to her piano player. I loved the scene and had to film it. Here’s the clip:
Dietrich was one of a kind, and so is Berlin. The energy and vibrancy is off the charts, but I had little sense of the decadence that must have existed before the war. Perhaps it’s still there, simmering. I loved Berlin and can see why everyone I meet raves about the city.
And from here I head to Rome, where the weather is warm and the people exuberant. One of my favorite places, I intend to hang out, visit the main attractions, and revisit a couple of streets that can be found in my next work in progress.
I’ll be back in June. Until then,