Marlene Dietrich : Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsV59qnqZp0

Where have all the flowers gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the flowers gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the flowers gone?
Girls have picked them every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all the young girls gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the young girls gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the young girls gone?
Taken husbands every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all the young men gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the young men gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the young men gone?
Gone for soldiers every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all the soldiers gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the soldiers gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the soldiers gone?
Gone to graveyards every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all the graveyards gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the graveyards gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the graveyards gone?
Covered with flowers every one
When will we ever learn?
When will we ever learn?
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I love Marlene!!
Maria Riva, her daughter, talked Marlene into doing this song.

For those interested, the Maxmillian Schell documentary on Marlene and called Marlene is superb!

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It is, and Maria Riva's book is well worth the read.
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Riva's book is indeed well worth reading. It is exremely well written.
Since you posted this I've been thinking about Marlene's movies. I just love Blonde Venus and once saw it at the Regency. Great memory.
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I spent my childhood at the Regency. And the Theatre 80 St. Marks.
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She always looked like a drag queen to me.
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Well, DUH.
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I'm so glad I saw Sian Phillips play Marlene.
re: Marlene Dietrich : Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
" ...the happiness in the tune convinces me that I'm not afraid."
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looooong tiiiiiime passsing!
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Later in life she did become a caricature of herself, which did make her seem like a drag queen, but if you go back to the von Sternberg moives, I would not say that. Well, at least not as much.

She makes Touch of Evil.
To Orson Welles' character: "You should lay off the candy bars. You're a mess, honey."
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Later in life, we all become caricatures of ourselves. JohnBoy became one long time passing ago.
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Desire with Gary Cooper is my favorite. Now that I think about it, this movie was "remade" as French Kiss with Kevin Kline (playing the Marlene part).
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PalJoey, I suppose you're right, dahling.
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i remember so well her televised concert in the 70s ... i think i cried when she sang FLOWERS. i had never heard it before, and it really moved me.
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There was a PBS doc not too long ago about Marlene and her contributions during WWII--they showed a clip of her singing "Flowers" in Israel in German, which was quite risky and risque at the time--it's very moving.

I don't think she became campy at all--I think she was just tryng to hold onto her glamour and mystique--and I see nothing wrong with that--it's old Hollywood, baby.
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A friend dressed her years ago and said she was so skinny that she wore padding to give her her shape.

That song is rather fitting, again, at the point in history.
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Did he get to see her tape her face? She had a system of tape and strings she used to pull up the wrinkles and hide them under a wig....
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Yes, all of that was there as well.


She may as well be a drag queen.
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There's such a gut-level feeling when she sings "When will they ever learn", that you don't get when Pete Seeger or other folk singers sing it that raises it to an art song.
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Wow.
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In the same doc I saw about her, they spoke of her conflict about raising money for war bonds for weapons that would have been used on her mother and her family in her country. To have a woman like that (who spent more time in the war zone than many enlisted men) sing that song in front of a Jewish audience, some of whom likely survived the Holocaust....wow indeed.
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I saw her at the Shady Grove Music Fair, Gaithersberg, Md, in the early-70s, the night she fell in the orchestra pit. She leaned down to let the conductor kiss her hand, and damned if she didn't fall in. It was terrifying, as we waited. But she stood up, and waved, smiling, and then screamed "Go HOME!" We all filed out silently. An unforgettable night, sad, freaky and surreal.

She sang the song that night of course, and as Viet Nam was in its last gasps of failure, the song had resonance.
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i dont understand how one person could harm another after hearing that.
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I played Gaithersburg, Auggie!

I understand the first thing she'd do when she got to the theater is clean her dressing room from top to bottom. I wonder if any of the dressers on the Sauerbraten Circuit remember her.
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I went to her grave in Berlin. It is very unassuming.
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