September 12th 2007 03:04
She exuded a confident sexuality, symbolizing the liberated arts of Berlin, before the cold iron grip of the Nazis would cast a thick black smoke over the city. Dietrich portrayed an ambiguous sexuality, often dressing in men's clothing, never admitting to her sexual orientation.
And people loved her for it.
Those long legs. The eyes. The slightly downturned mouth. She was a classical beauty, yet she pushed against all the boundaries and chains that would have left her a marionette in a theatre of laughing hyenas.
Her big role was as Lola Lola in The Blue Angel, casting her as a sexy cabaret singer... the movie would be banned in California and then in Nazi Germany. Luckily, we're free to enjoy the film, years after it made history.
"if she had nothing more than her voice, she could break your heart with it."
Ah, Ernest, you must have lusted after her on the radio. You wily dog, you.
Let's watch her on screen, shall we?
* the first image is from this Wikipedia page.
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