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Those eyebrows. Those cheekbones. That Marlene Dietrich.
It's the screen goddess' 110th birthday, and to celebrate, we've put together some of the best homages history has made to the German actress and singer. Famous for films including "Shanghai Express" and "The Blue Angel," Dietrich died in 1992, leaving behind a legacy of sight and sound that still gets referenced today.
Stars including Scarlett Johansson, Heidi Klum, and even Marilyn Monroe have posed as Dietrich, sporting the signature pencil-thin arches, waved hair and shaded in cheekbones. In January, it was announced that Gwyneth Paltrow would play the role of Dietrich herself in an upcoming biopic. There's even a perfume dedicated to her memory.
But of course, tribute's also been paid in the format that Dietrich herself occupied -- moving pictures. Read on for our compilation of some of the best:
- The Huffington Post
Just yesterday, Empire posted a photo of Tom Tykwer and Lana and Andy Wachowski surrounded by novelist David Mitchell and producers Uwe Schott, Philip Lee, Stefan Arndt and Grant Hill. The occasion? They'd just wrapped shooting at Studio Babelsberg on the most expensive German film since the days of Ufa, Cloud Atlas. Babelsberg, practically on life support after the fall of the Berlin wall, is thriving once again. And in February, the legendary studio celebrates its 100th anniversary.
To celebrate, the Berlin International Film Festival, running February 9 through 19, will be awarding the studio a Berlinale Camera and presenting a special series, "Happy Birthday, Studio Babelsberg." The lineup:
Fw Murnau's The Last Laugh (1924) Josef von Sternberg's The Blue Angel (1929/30) Josef von Báky's The Adventures of Baron Munchhausen (1943) Wolfgang Staudte's The Murderers Are Among Us (1946) Kurt Maetzig's The Rabbit Is Me (1965) Konrad Wolf's Goya (1971) Roland Gräf's »
Clip joint sheds its wings with the best of the men and women who fell to Earth
Flashy or modest, doting or self-seeking, timid or sassy: cinema angels seem to have little in common with one another other than the power to inflame our senses.
The winged creatures have descended on Earth and acquired human features. In the movies, they strut everywhere, tending would-be suicides, singing, dancing – they even travel on the underground.
But erratic behaviour and contradictory feelings are utterly human; often distracted, flustered and disorganised, angels are a pure reflection of their mortal proteges. So much so that some of them envy us and would renounce their feathery appendages if they could. So keep your eyes open: angels could be watching you right now ... and their intentions may not be pious.
1) Our first angel is a well-meaning guardian. It's a Wonderful Life's Clarence Oddbody earns his wings »
Marlene Dietrich on TCM Pt.2: A Foreign Affair, The Blue Angel Schedule (Et) and synopses from the TCM website: 6:00 Am The Monte Carlo Story (1957) Two compulsive gamblers fall in love on the French Riviera. Dir: Samuel A. Taylor. Cast: Marlene Dietrich, Vittorio De Sica, Arthur O'Connell. C-101 mins, Letterbox Format. 7:45 Am Knight Without Armour (1937) A British spy tries to get a countess out of the new Soviet Union. Dir: Jacques Feyder. Cast: Marlene Dietrich, Robert Donat, Irene Van Brugh. Bw-107 mins. 9:45 Am The Lady Is Willing (1942) A Broadway star has to find a husband so she can adopt an abandoned child. Dir: Mitchell Leisen. Cast: Marlene Dietrich, Fred MacMurray, Aline MacMahon. Bw-91 mins. 11:30 Am Kismet (1944) In the classic Arabian Nights tale king of the beggars enters high society to help his daughter marry a handsome prince. Dir: William Dieterle. Cast: Ronald Colman, Marlene Dietrich, James Craig. »
- Andre Soares
Marlene Dietrich on TCM: Shanghai Express, The Scarlet Empress, The Devil Is A Woman Raoul Walsh's unpretentious Manpower (1941) is a surprisingly entertaining drama about a love triangle featuring good-time gal Marlene Dietrich and unlikely partners Edward G. Robinson and George Raft. As an ex-Nazi chanteuse/black marketer (photo), Dietrich nearly steals the show in Billy Wilder's post-war Berlin-set A Foreign Affair (1948); I say nearly because Jean Arthur is Dietrich's equal as the goody-goody American congresswoman who learns that goody-goodiness may take you far at work (at least in the movies) but not in life. In the hands of someone like Ernst Lubitsch, A Foreign Affair would have been a humorously romantic masterpiece, cleverly and subtly interweaving the personal, the social, and the political. As it is, the comedy works great whenever Arthur and Dietrich are on-screen; else, A Foreign Affair suffers from Wilder's heavy hand; lapses in judgment in Wilder, »
- Andre Soares
Like many, I've been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the new film journal that Adrian Martin and Girish Shambu have been working on for months now. Today's the day. The theme of the inaugural issue of Lola is "Histories."
Girish has already drawn up a guide, pulling quotes from each of the essays, so briefly, "Histories" features Joe McElhaney on his "passion for aging filmmakers, the older the better"; William D Routt's expansive consideration of Lubitsch; Andrew Klevan on "films which put the in-between at their centre"; Luc Moullet, with his irresistible title: "Ah Yes! Griffith was a Marxist!"; Richard Porton on Dušan Makavejev's Wr: Mysteries of the Organism (1971); Shigehiko Hasumi: "Stated briefly, my hypothesis is that the medium of film has not yet truly incorporated sound as an essential component of its composition."; Sylvia Lawson on Australian cinema's relationship with the nation's history; Stephen Goddard on the ways »
Netflix has revolutionized the home movie experience for fans of film with its instant streaming technology. Netflix Nuggets is my way of spreading the word about independent, classic and foreign films made available by Netflix for instant streaming.
How I Ended This Summer (2010)
Streaming Available: 05/10/2011
Synopsis: At an isolated science station in the Arctic, meteorologist Sergei and young intern Pavel face the impending closure of the now-irrelevant base. While Sergei eagerly anticipates returning to his family, Pavel still hopes for a grand adventure. Average Netflix rating: 3.5
Blue Velvet (1986)
Streaming Available: 05/15/2011
Synopsis: An innocent man gets mixed up in a small-town murder mystery involving a kinky nightclub chanteuse and a kidnapper with a penchant for snorting helium in this moodily surreal mystery from writer-director David Lynch. Average Netflix rating: 3.4
Don Juan Demarco (1994)
Streaming Available: 05/15/2011
Synopsis: Marlon Brando stars as a psychiatrist assigned to diagnose a mysterious man who’s convinced that »
- Travis Keune
From the invention of horror under the Weimar republic to recent re-examinations of the second world war, German cinema has an amazingly creative history
German cinema got off to a fantastic start straight after the first world war, as the liberal atmosphere of the Weimar republic triggered an explosion across all creative disciplines. Film-makers responded by appropriating the techniques of expressionist painting and theatre, incorporating them into twisted tales of madness and terror – thereby virtually inventing what would become known as the horror film. With its angled, distorted set designs, tortured eye-rolling, and layers of dreams and visions, The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1920) is generally acknowledged as a landmark of international cinema, not just Germany's own. Two years later came an equally groundbreaking film, Nosferatu – an unauthorised adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula that enshrined some of the creepiest cinema images ever recorded.
They also marked the beginning of »
- Andrew Pulver
8 items from 2011
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