Film museum showcases Dietrich

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BERLIN -- The "Marlene Dietrich" exhibit is a highlight of the Film Museum Berlin that opened here Sept. 26.

The city's latest cultural and tourist attraction occupies three floors of the new Helmut Jahn-designed Sony Center on Potsdamer Platz.

The Dietrich exhibit is a three-room collection of memorabilia from the Berlin-born singer and movie star who died in 1992.

The exhibit includes costumes from many of her films as well as some of her designer gowns and accessories; still photos from her movies, and posters and personal letters from directors and other movie stars.

Dietrich became a U.S. citizen in 1939 but always considered Berlin her home.

For that reason, her heirs decided that the city's new Film Museum would be the best venue to display her personal effects.

The museum also features a series of exhibits tracing the development and history of filmmaking in Germany.

An electronically guided tour is included in the price of admission.

Exhibits include clips from early works such as "Metropolis" and "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari."

The museum also presents some works from what a spokesman called the "dark era of the Cinema of National Socialism."

The Film Museum Berlin is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with extended hours on Thursdays until 8 p.m.

Admission is about $5.25.

The museum has a Web site at www.filmmuseum-berlin.de/english/index_eng.html.

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