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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 31 minutes
  • Video: Black & White / Color
  • Released: October 6, 2009
  • Originally Released: 1987
  • Label: Kino Lorber
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, German
    • Subtitles - English

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 6


User Ratings: 227
Rating: A- -- Schell uses the limiting conditions-Dietrich did't let him photograph her-to an advantage, resulting in a revelatory work that's more interesting because of the combative relationship with his subject, a star wishing to keep control to the bitter end Full Review
Aug 13, 2007
...Unconventional....MARLENE is something else -- a portrait of a remarkably strong-willed woman...
New York Times
Sep 21, 1986
Rating: 4/5 -- I think we learn much more about Dietrich than we would have if she had submitted to the usual paint-by-numbers, fawning Biography Channel type of film. Full Review
Goatdog's Movies
Oct 26, 2009
Rating: 4/5 -- At once enigmatic, deliberately obfuscating in nature and extremely revealing. Full Review
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Aug 18, 2005
Rating: 3/4 -- The bilingual parrying between the withholding diva and her frustrated chronicler often seems like Sunset Boulevard re-imagined as a radio play, with sex removed from the equation but marlenus interruptus aplenty. Full Review
Slant Magazine
Oct 5, 2009
The result is a fascinating document, not only of the star herself, but also of the documentary as personal process. Full Review
Combustible Celluloid
Oct 11, 2009
...Witty, tough-minded, imaginative and finally deeply appreciative...
Los Angeles Times
Dec 18, 1986

Product Description:

A stunning, award-winning portrait of the sultry German movie star, Marlene Dietrich. Fellow actor Maximilian Schell was hand-picked by Dietrich to direct and narrate this revealing documentary that includes interviews and film clips, as well as Marlene's own distinctive commentary throughout the film.

Plot Synopsis:

Actor/director Maximilian Schell's award-winning homage to one of Hollywood's most seductive and enigmatic stars: Marlene Dietrich. Despite her vehement protests about being the subject of his documentary, Schell has managed to weave an interesting biographical portrait, using film clips from the over 50-year span of her work, such as the early German silent, "Nights of Love," to "Just a Gigolo" made in 1978, as well as concert footage with her conductor, Burt Bacharach, extracts from American talk shows, and stills. Their interviews together, three days conducted in German and three days in English, are revealing, humorous, and extremely argumentative.


Production Notes:

  • Film won the New York Film Critics, National Society of Film Critics, and National Board of Review Awards.
  • Film clips include: "Destry Rides Again" (1939); "The Blue Angel" (1930); "Nights of Love" (silent); "Dishonoured" (1931); "Morocco" (1931); "Blonde Venus"; "Scarlett Empress"; "Devil Is a Woman"; "Touch of Evil" (1958); "Witness for the Prosecution" (1957); "Judgment at Nuremberg" (1961); "Just a Gigolo" (1978); and black and white concert footage with Burt Bacharach as her conductor.
  • Additional credits: Norbert Bittman (co-producer); Pavel Hispler, Henry Hauck (camera operators); Jan Balzer & Jan Schuster (production supervisors); Heidi Genée (editor); Norbert Lill (sound); Dietrich Leiding & Nathan Podhorzer (research).
  • Copyright 1983 OKO-Filmproduktion/Karel Dirka

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  • UPC: 738329065225
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