In "Morocco" (1930), Dietrich plays an "exotic, jaded, daringly androgynous" nightclub singer in a racy love triangle involving her wealthy patron and a handsome Foreign Legion soldier. How fabulous is this clip (below) where, clad in a men's tux, she cheekily flouts convention: charming a rapt audience like an angrogenous Edith Piaf, kissing a chic flapper full on the lips (deemed "very European!"), and then coquettishly tossing a flower to her rapt soldier suitor...before accepting a round of thunderous applause, slugging down some champagne, and striding off stage in a haze of smoke.
This top hat by Leah C. Couture puts us in a Marlene frame of mind...ready for raising a ruckus, stirring up a scandal, and putting on the Ritz.
- Lesley Scott