Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence
Marlene Dietrich 1901-1992
German-born Hollywood actress and singer, whose breakthrough role in Blue Angel created her cold-hearted femme fatale persona. In her private life, she had numerous affairs with men and women, and flouted gender norms by—among other things—wearing masculine clothing. This came to the screen most memorably in the 1930 film Morocco, where Dietrich sings in a tuxedo and top hat, then finishes the number by kissing a woman on the lips.
My friend Jordan Jeffries will be at SPX this weekend, selling comic-reviews of every movie he saw in 2013, among other wonderful things. This is a little something I contributed to it. I’m raising my fists right now, ready to fight you over my objectively correct opinions.