Bergner’s Birthday

In Uncategorized on August 23, 2019 at 3:44 am

Happy birthday to the great Elisabeth Bergner! Largely forgotten today, in 1935, the year of her Oscar-nominated performance in Margaret Kennedy’s Escape Me Never (a film believed to be lost), there was no more famous or highly regarded actress on the planet. (Without her, Luise Rainer would not have existed.) Luckily, you can experience her distinctly Viennese charm, chameleon talent, which encompassed both the ultimate gamine as well as the most fulsomely seductive sophisticate, in the handful of available films she made: a beautifully designed As You Like It with an ardent young Olivier, the intriguing boudoir drama Dreaming Lips, and, made the same year as the outrageous Dietrich-von Sternberg The Scarlet Empress, a much staider life of Catherine the Great, named just that (1934).

The sculpture is by Wilhelm Lehmbruck (1881–1919), who died shortly after completing it.

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