Marlene Dietrich as Medea

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I just discovered this community, and I'd like to share some of my artworks that Marlene fans might find interesting... :D

This piece, Medea III, is based on the Greek mythological character Medea; and I used pictures of Marlene as the model for Medea.

Medea III (click for larger image)

Medea III - detail (click for larger image -- this really shows how I used Marlene's face for Medea)

I chose Marlene as my model because her fierceness in the bar fight in Destry Rides Again made a big impression on me, and Medea is supposed to be fierce. Also, Marlene was always marked as a foreigner by her accent, and being a foreigner is a big part of Medea's character. And lastly, Marlene has such a striking and dramatic face!

Next I'll post another artwork...this time of Lili Marlene! ;)

Marlene Dietrich in Morocco (1930)

Morocco was Marlene Dietrich’s second movie with director Josef von Sternberg, and her first Hollywood movie. She apparently spoke very little English at this time, which makes her performance even more miraculous. She plays Amy, a night-club singer (of course), who falls for a somewhat disreputable private in the Foreign Legion (played by Gary Cooper). She in turn is pursued by the wealthy Monsieur La Bessiere (Adolphe Menjou). The initial meeting between Dietrich and Cooper is pure sex. She later says she doesn’t know if she loves him. Which is true, but she knows she’s hot for him. That’s pretty much the extent of the plot, but plot is beside the point in a von Sternberg movie. What this movie has is style, it has glorious visual compositions, gorgeous sets, this movie is simply luscious. I loved the scene where Dietrich was running up and down the line of returning legionnaires, looking for her Private Brown. Wonderfully well done. And it has lots of smouldering sexuality. And Dietrich looking fabulous. She sings of course. She never could sing, but that didn’t stop her from being a great singer. It’s a wonderfully romantic movie, and marvellously exotic. The ending is ridiculously romantic and totally absurd, but somehow von Sternberg and Dietrich make it work so that it seems right. After all Amy always said there was a Foreign Legion of women too. This movie is fabulous, and it looks fantastic on the DVD in the Universal Marlene Dietrich set.

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