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Marlene Dietrich: The Ultimate Gay Icon

  • Cinema Museum Cinema Museum, 2 Dugard Way London, England, SE11 4TH United Kingdom (map)
The Cinema Museum (Photograph: Cinema Museum)

The Cinema Museum (Photograph: Cinema Museum)

From 7:30pm to 10:15pm

Marlene Dietrich was undoubtedly a superstar of Hollywood's Golden Era - but she also was much more than that. By constantly reinventing herself, Dietrich stretched her career over sixty years becoming a pioneering star of radio, a medal-winning war hero, a top flight international cabaret artist, a big-selling recording star and an icon for generations of gay people round the world.Marlene started her career as a chorus girl during the era of "divine decadence" in 1920s Weimar Berlin. The freewheeling approach to sexuality during that period suited her very well - she embraced the sexual liberation enthusiastically and never abandoned it through her long life. Her many lovers included men and women, and she never apologised or tried to hide her preferences. Famed as much for wearing men's clothes as being a femme fatale, Dietrich's cosmopolitan, sexually ambiguous and world-weary persona inspired many artists who followed. Madonna, Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue and a thousand drag queens – they have all tried to channel Dietrich's special allure.

But there is nothing quite like the real thing, so join Terry Sanderson for his highly-praised show exploring the life and career of this fascinating and complex personality. Not only will we see generous clips of some of Dietrich's campest films, he'll take a look at her heroic efforts to oppose the Nazis. For this work she received the highest civilian honours from the Americans, the French and the Belgians. The evening culminates with a showing, on the big screen, of Marlene's famously fabulous one-woman concert, with which she enchanted the world. Recorded in Australia in 1963, accompanied by Burt Bacharach and his orchestra, this is Dietrich at her peak.

Don't miss this special Pride in London Festival performance.

£11.50



Access

  • Accessible toilets
  • Assistance dog friendly
  • No BSL interpretation
  • Fully accessible
  • Induction loop
  • No speech to text

Admission

  • Under £20
  • Family friendly
  • No meet and greet
  • Under 18s welcome

    When you're there

    • Gender neutral toilets
    • May be alcohol
    • May be crowds
    • May be flashing lights
    • May be loud noises

    Contact The Cinema Museum if you have any questions about this event.

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