It starts with a question, a simple favor asked of husband by his wife on an afternoon chilled by the Baltic wind while both are painting in their studio. Her portrait model has canceled, and would he mind slipping into women’s shoes and stockings for a few moments so that she can finish the painting on time? “Of course,” he answers. “Anything at all.” with that, one of the most passionate and unusual love stories of the twentieth century begins.
Inspired by the true story of Danish painter Einar Wegener and his California-born wife, this tender portrait of a marriage asks: what do you do when someone you love want to change? Einar dresses more and more as Lili-the name given to her by Greta-and what started off as a game becomes a way of life for Greta and Einar. With Lili as her muse, Greta’s paintings begin to flourish. A French art dealer spots her work and the coupe moves to Paris for the sake of Greta’s career. In the permissive air of Paris between the war, Lili is liberated and increasingly becomes Greta’s companion on public outings. As Einar fades into memory they realize that a choice must be made: Lili or Einar: Greta finds a surgeon-psychologist at the Dresden Municipal Woman’s Clinic, and Einar travels to Germany to become, once and for all, Lili Elbe.
Set against the glitz and decadence of 1920s Copenhagen, Dresden, and Paris, The Danish Girl eloquently portrays the intimacy that defines a marriage, and the nearly forgotten story of the love between a man and who discovers that he is, in fact, a woman, and the woman who would sacrifice anything for him. Uniting fact and fiction into a unique romantic vision, The Danish Girl explores the very heart of what connects men and women-and what separates them. Book available at the Azaiki Public Library, YenagoaLeave a reply →