May 17, 2009

Marlene Dietrich Playing The Musical Saw

That's right, this is a 1944 recording of the ninth greatest female star of all time performing Aloha Oe on the musical saw. The performance doesn't begin till 1:25 in but prior to that, you get a charming introductory exchange between The Smouldering One and a rather incredulous MC... It makes me long for a parallel universe where our current crop of screen sirens have similar singular talents and we are regularly treated to recitals featuring Cate Blanchett on theremin, Scarlett Johannsen on hurdy-gurdy, and Angelina Jolie on nose flute.

(This video was introduced to me by the devilishly diverting Coilhouse)

Posted by Warren at May 17, 2009 12:15 AM | Instruments