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Chanteuse and actress, archetypal Berliner and ardent American anti-fascist, brooding sex symbol and willful camp icon, a paragon of feminine glamour who was as comfortable in top hat and tails as in a glittering ball gown, Marlene Dietrich remains one of the great icons of German and Hollywood cinema – an endlessly fascinating and mysterious figure whose complex, bi-amorous screen persona contained multitudes.
“In America, sex is an obsession In other parts of the world, it’s a fact.” – Marlene Dietrich
Born Maria Magdalene Dietrich in Berlin in 1901, the actress/singer’s legendary career spans from Weimar Germany to the Hollywood studios, where she worked between 1930 and 1961 with the likes of Fritz Lang, Billy Wilder, Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Ernst Lubitsch, Stanley Kramer, and, of course, frequent collaborator Josef von Sternberg, which whom she made seven unforgettable films between 1929 and 1935. Her subsequent career as an acclaimed singer, well-known for her signature song, “Falling in Love Again,” extended her fame through performances around the world. Combining Prussian discipline and work ethic with an extraordinary talent for reinvention, Dietrich enjoyed a 70-year career that encompassed not only classic Hollywood cinema and the concert hall, but also silent film, classical and modern theatre, vaudeville, army camp shows, radio, recordings, television, even circus and the ballet. A pioneering and influential figure in fashion, fame and sexual expression, she was never less than her inimitable, beguiling self, a prismatic personae whose many glittering facets will be on display at The Loft Cinema as we celebrate the career of Marlene Dietrich with a selection of her greatest work from the 1930s, presented on the big screen!