Marlene Dietrich

January 27, 2009

Marlene Dietrich was one of the lucky ones who has gone on be a legend. Most people are familiar with her even if they haven't seen her movies. But in that respect, people are missing out. Her movies are SO worth seeing.

Lots and lots of her movies are available on DVD, of which I highly recommend Morocco, A Foreign Affair and Blue Angel, all of which have stellar Dietrich performances.

But actually my all-time favorite Marlene Dietrich movie I would love just as much if she weren't in it at all. The Hitchcock movie Stage Fright (the genius of which nobody seems to appreciate but me) is absolutely marvelous. The main reason is Alastair Sim. I won't go into a huge gushing session over Sim in my post that is supposed to be about Marlene Dietrich, but suffice it to say that his performance in this film is brilliant (as is every performance he ever did) and this movie IS on DVD so I highly recommend it. Hitchcock wasn't too fond of this one and as such I think it's generally been kicked around and underrated. But any movie that pairs Marlene Dietrich, Alastair Sim, Jane Wyman, Michael Wilding and Hitchcock is a movie worth seeing! Especially with Alastair Sim..... did I mention he's brilliant? Brilliant!

About the drawing: I have to admit: I photoshopped this a little. Originally I drew it in black and grey marker, but after I scanned it I realized that the grey made her look weird so I made it just black and white. Otherwise, this is prismacolor marker on white sketch paper mounted on black cardstock.


Ginger Ingenue said...

Oh, I've never seen STAGE FRIGHT...I'll have to add it to my list! :)

Unknown said...

Please do, it's absolutely wonderful!