Dietrich & Riefenstahl: Hollywood, Berlin, and a Century in Two Lives

Dietrich & Riefenstahl: Hollywood, Berlin, and a Century in Two Lives

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Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award (Biography)

Named of the Best Books of the Year by the Washington Post and the Boston Globe

Magisterial in scope, this dual biography examines two complex lives that began alike but ended on opposite sides of the century’s greatest conflict.

Marlene Dietrich and Leni Riefenstahl, born less than a year apart, lived so close to each other that Riefenstahl could see into Dietrich’s Berlin apartment. Coming of age at the dawn of the Weimar Republic, both sought fame in Germany’s burgeoning motion picture industry. While Dietrich’s depiction of Lola-Lola in The Blue Angel catapulted her to Hollywood stardom, Riefenstahl—who missed out on the part—insinuated herself into Hitler’s inner circle to direct groundbreaking if infamous Nazi propaganda films, like Triumph of the Will. Dietrich, who toured tirelessly with the USO, could never truly go home again; Riefenstahl could never shake her Nazi past. Acclaimed German historian Karin Wieland examines these lives within the vicious crosscurrents of a turbulent century, evoking piercing insights into "the modern era’s most difficult questions, about illusion and mass intoxication, art and truth, courage and capitulation" (New Yorker).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631492280
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 10/11/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 624
Sales rank: 653,140
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Karin Wieland lives in Berlin and is an historian of political theory at the Hamburg Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Culture.

Shelley Frisch is the prize-winning translator of biographies of Nietzsche, Einstein, and Kafka. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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