This is the first of a series of photographs I will post over the next few weeks to celebrate the forthcoming Venice Film Festival. It shows Marlene Dietrich in 1937, with friends in a capanna (beach cabin) at the Excelsior on the Lido. In September 1937 a somewhat disconsolate Dietrich, recovering from the recent Korda flop Knight Without Armour, was sitting in the Hotel des Bains with Josef von Sternberg. Erich Maria Remarque, the author of All Quiet on the Western Front, came over and asked her to dance. Subsequently, their brief but intense affair restored her confidence. This photo dates from that time. The Venice Lido is in the Amazon Top 10 for Venice.