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Garbo or Dietrich?

Posted on: August 26, 2009

Garbo or Dietrich? (August 26, 2009)


            The French author Jean d’Ormesson who writes for the daily Le Figaro tells this anecdote.  Jean was having lunch for the first time with Greta Garbo.  He kept humming the song of a movie “Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuss auf Liebe eingestellt”.  Garbo had no reaction. Jean sang the entire song.  No reactions from Greta.  Jean finally said “I had admired so much in Bleu Angel”.  Greta Garbo destroyed Jean with a look and also finally said “You are confusing me with Marlene Dietrich”

            A couple of years later, Jean were having lunch with Marlene for the first time. Marlene liked Jean and invited him for tea next Tuesday afternoon.  Jean was in ecstasy and went on accumulating his cuteness by telling Marlene his adventure with Garbo. Marlene Dietrich coolly looked at Jean and told him: “My invitation for tea at avenue Montaigne… consider it canceled”


            It appears that depressed people prefer to watch movies; the more the better, the more stupid the lovelier.  Only people in excellent mood read books; no wonder why people don’t read as frequently anymore as before television.  Pictures have soothing effects on depressed people, especially when the dialogue is pretty simple, the sceneries gorgeous, and the topic easy to comprehend.

            No wonder why people likes old smooth movies such as “The countess in naked feet” by Ava Gardner, “The snow of Kilimanjaro”, “Pandora”,  “The shop around the corner” of Lubitsch; “The Big Sleep” of Howard Hawks; “The train will whistle trice” or “A man for eternity” of Zinneman; “Casablanca” of Michael Curtiz; the “Cheetah” played by Claudia Cardinal, Alain Delon, and Burt Lancaster and realized by Lampedusa and Visconti.

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