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Marlene
     

Marlene

Director: Maximilian Schell, Marlene Dietrich

Cast: Maximilian Schell, Marlene Dietrich

 

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The fifth directorial effort of German film star Maximillian Schell, Marlene is an unorthodox documentary of the legendary Marlene Dietrich. After years of resisting Schell's entreaties, Dietrich finally agreed to participate in this project-but refused to appear on camera. Thus, a tape recording of a Dietrich-Schell interview is heard throughout, while the

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The fifth directorial effort of German film star Maximillian Schell, Marlene is an unorthodox documentary of the legendary Marlene Dietrich. After years of resisting Schell's entreaties, Dietrich finally agreed to participate in this project-but refused to appear on camera. Thus, a tape recording of a Dietrich-Schell interview is heard throughout, while the screen is filled with images of Marlene culled from stills, dramatic films (The Blue Angel, Shanghai Express et. al.) and newsreel footage. Still far from cooperative, Dietrich ignores Schell's questions, preferring to spin her own version of the Marlene mystique. Despite her efforts at self-protection, we are left with a fuller and more honest portrait of the actress than might have been possible in a traditional question-and-answer format. Originally released in Europe in 1984, Marlene was given its first wide American distribution in 1987.

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Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
When actor-turned-director Maximilian Schell asks Marlene Dietrich why she refuses to allow herself to be filmed, the aged but still indomitable movie goddess answers, "I've been photographed to death." Turning his subject's lack of cooperation into an asset, Schell combined an informal, taped interview of Dietrich with film clips, old newsreel and TV footage, and photographs to create this unique and moving documentary. To its credit, MARLENE ends up being as much a meditation on both moviemaking and mythmaking as it is the story of a life. Dietrich lies about her past, dismisses her films as "vulgar kitsch," shrugs off praise for taking a stand against Hitler during World War II, and discourses on everything from Josef von Sternberg, the director who made her a star, to feminism and life after death. She deplores sentimentality and nostalgia at every turn yet becomes tearful as she sings songs of her native Berlin. Hidden behind images of her stunning younger self, the real Marlene emerges, unseen yet vivid -- a fascinating, contradictory individual who understood intuitively that elusiveness is the key to glamour.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/06/2009
UPC:
0738329065225
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kino Video
Time:
1:31:00
Sales rank:
37,639

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marlene Dietrich Actor
Maximilian Schell Actor

Technical Credits
Maximilian Schell Director,Screenwriter
Jan Balzer Production Manager
Norbert Bittmann Co-producer
Milan Bor Sound/Sound Designer
Zev Braun Producer
Karel Dirka Producer
Meir Dohnal Screenwriter
Heinz Eickmeier Set Decoration/Design
Heidi Genee Editor
Peter Genee Executive Producer,Production Manager
Henry Hauck Cinematographer
Dagmar Hirtz Editor
Pavel Hispler Cinematographer
Zbynek Hloch Art Director
Norbert Lill Sound/Sound Designer
Nicolas Sconomou Score Composer
Ivan Slapeta Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Marlene
1. "I Read Books" [7:41]
2. The Blue Angels [8:59]
3. Dishonored [6:21]
4. Photographed to Death [4:17]
5. Morocco [9:23]
6. Family [8:14]
7. World War II [5:57]
8. Judgment at Nuremberg [8:41]
9. Love [9:41]
10. Witness for the Prosecution [7:05]
11. Orson Welles [7:20]
12. Youth Will Pass Away [7:26]

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