December 6 was Marlene Dietrich's birthday. He was born on December 27, 1901. He escaped from the Nazi army and became a big star in Hollywood. She was an actress who retained her stellar character even in the midst of crises. It was ruled by a federal parliamentary republic, a Hollywood star, a refugee, a philanthropist, and a woman who knew when to step down. In the twentieth century, she was considered a symbol of Hollywood seduction.
Now that we are still in the birth month of Marlene Dietrich, it is not bad to take another look at the life of a woman who was undoubtedly a few decades ahead of her time. A star that lived in the twentieth century, but was less than any other star in the twenty-first century.
1. Love whoever you want
Marlene Dietrich with women and She also had relationships with men. It was not a mystery, but it's mostly the name of her male friends left in history. A special and distinctive carpenter, whose real name was Marion Barbara and who at the time in the early twentieth century had freely declared his sexual orientation, had a great reputation as an unconventional boatman.
Dietrich was bisexual and did not want to make a fuss about it. She was a woman who freely loved both sexes, and this is even norm-breaking and revolutionary for our world today. He also had several asexual relationships. For example, he fell in love with Ernest Hemingway, an American writer. But the relationship between them remained to the extent of exchanging letters with each other.
2. Gender rules must be broken
Dietrich started wearing when he got into acting He wore clothes that were previously considered only suitable for men. With this move, he distinguished himself as an icon.
He wore a suit in "Morocco" (1930), his first Hollywood film. There was no such thing at that time. When he was alone, he often wore a suit and took pictures of himself. With these works, he gradually succeeded in making men's fashion his own. He had previously used seduction as a symbol of seduction. Dietrich first wore such a hat in The Blue Angel (1930) and rose to fame.
There was no problem either. Dietrich felt comfortable in both men's and women's fashion, whether it was a headless women's dress or a white men's suit, he loved both and shone in both. "Marlene pants" has long been a popular term in the fashion world.
3. Take a closer look at politics, and protect democracy
Unlike others Throughout Nazi Germany, Dietrich refused to support Nazi propaganda. In 1930, he waited for a call from Hollywood to travel to California with Joseph von Sternberg, the then-director of which he co-starred in "Blue Angel."
She was also in contact with her husband Rudolf Siber. Although the couple divorced emotionally in the 1930s and had no romantic relationship, they remained married until Rudolf's death in 1976 and continued to support each other. According to Florian Ellis, a German writer and historian in his new book, Love in Time of Hate (2021), it was Marlene who, by telegram, forced Siberia to flee Germany with their daughter Maria as soon as possible. During the war, when Lenny Riefenstahl was making propaganda films for the National Socialists, Dietrich supported the American front. In 1939, he renounced his German citizenship and acquired American citizenship. Singing supported the US military. For this work, he received the honorary title of Knight from France. He also received the American Medal of Freedom in 1947, the country's highest civilian award. Dietrich has long been angered by Germany. Many even insulted him and called him a traitor to his "fatherland". It was only in 2002 that the prominent actor was selected as an honorary citizen by the City of Berlin.
4. Know when to go
There is no denying the fact that Dietrich became addicted to alcohol, pills and drugs during the bitter years of his isolation in Paris.
But he knew very well when to leave the scene. He left the stage forever after being injured in 1975. Three years later, he starred in the last film of his life.
In the early 1980s, Austro-Swiss director and actor Maximilian Shell was making a documentary about him, called Marlene. Dietrich said he had no problem with the sound, but would not allow a picture to be taken of him. Shell himself had said he had tried hard to change his mind, but Dietrich had kept his word and had no plans to change it: no means no. He had told Shell that enough had been filmed and photographed before. Shell had to combine his voice with the images that existed before him.
5. Remain a citizen of the world
Marlene Dietrich, though appreciated by many countries He was proud, but he was not very nationalistic and patriotic. Somewhere in the Marlene documentary, Shell asks him why he lives in Paris. Dietrich replies that he is here now for a work project, but most of the time he goes to New York and travels to many places.
Then Shell asks him if he does not feel homeless with this mood? "No," Dietrich says very quickly. What are these other radiation! "I value all people, but I have no feelings for the city and things like that."
But he did not really feel homeless. "America is my real home," he told Shell in the same interview. As soon as I entered that country, I was accepted. "My daughter lives there, my whole family is there." Most of these words seem to come from a pragmatic, appreciative woman who knows what matters to her, not a Hollywood star. A woman who values things like refugees, family and work.
Marlene Dietrich needed no praise. True, she was an icon, but she was also a human being, a woman who is still regarded as a leading role model in the 21st century. She was a liberated and financially successful woman, a cosmopolitan who broke the usual norms, defended humanity and democracy at the height of crises, did not hide her tendencies, and knew very well when to leave the scene.>
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