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People who’ve seen the German classic film “The Blue Angel” (as well as many who haven’t) instantly recognize the iconic voice of Marlene Dietrich as she croons her global classic “Falling in Love Again (Can’t help it)”.
Dietrich was discovered in Berlin making eyes and singing lesbian love songs to another woman, onstage in a 1920s German cabaret nightclub. Dietrich’s daughter later described her mother’s career as being the prototype studiously copied by Madonna — with her intense focus on quality imaging, branding, sexual playfulness, androgynous appearance, continuing reinvention and all that goes with successfully building a multi-decades global career.
America fell in love with Marlene wearing her ‘male’ attire of white tie, black hat and tails. Fred Astaire once said nobody ever wore white tie and tails better than Marlene.
“Falling in love again. What am I to do? I can’t help it.”
Many is the gay man, lesbian or bisexual person who could have written that same line at one time or another in their lives. Who you fall in love with just happens. Marlene Dietrich knew this well and was one of Germany’s most famous and open bisexuals.
With a career that blossomed during the artistic powerhouse of 1920s Germany, her signature film The Blue Angel was in 1930 — and still is today — a cinematic triumph. Marlene’s star and iconic status then shone brightly for much longer than most of her peers, right up until her death 25 years ago – and since then she remains one of Germany’s most renowned daughters.
This autumn, in commemoration of Marlene — and recognizing this season that Americans call ‘Fall’ — German National Tourist Office presents some great holiday ideas for celebrating this autumn.
Autumn 2017: some great German Falling in Love Again holiday ideas
Darmstadt, near Frankfurt
October 20–November 5 (weekends): Halloween in Frankenstein Castle (near Darmstadt)
October 31–November 5: Jazzfest Berlin
Marlene Dietrich was a native Berliner and was bestowed an honorary recognition as Citizen of Berlin for having been a lifelong ambassador of freedom-loving Germany.
Wittenberg, between Leipzig and Berlin
October 31: Reformation Day celebration, Wittenberg.
2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, starting events that changed Europe.
November 11: St. Martin’s Day (Martinstag) and official start to Karneval season.
Think colorful costumes, much frolicking and great revelry in Cologne and most catholic regions in Germany. – a city that really knows how to have fun. The “5th” season culminates in the street carnival between the 8th and 13th February 2018 and if you are yet to experience Karneval (or in the South “Fasching”) in Germany, make this the year you discover what excites people in these unique celebrations of being alive before the lean “Lent” sets in.
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