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Marlene (1984)

Retrospective on the career of enigmatic screen diva Marlene Dietrich.

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Maximilian Schell
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Annie Albers Annie Albers ... Herself
Marlene Dietrich ... Herself (voice)
Bernard Hall Bernard Hall ... Himself
Maximilian Schell ... Himself
Marta Rakosnik Marta Rakosnik ... Herself
Patricia Schell Patricia Schell ... Herself
Ivana Spinell Ivana Spinell ... Herself
William von Stranz William von Stranz ... Himself
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Acclaimed, award-winning filmmaker Maximillian Schell reconstructs the life and career of the enigmatic film diva. This is accomplished through use of archival footage and commentary from the actress recorded at her home. Schell's job was complicated by the aging actresses's stipulation that her face not be photographed directly. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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An astonishing visit


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

West Germany

Language:

English | German | French

Release Date:

2 March 1984 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Lähikuvassa Marlene Dietrich See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$852,676
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Director Maximilian Schell got Marlene Dietrich to agree to appear in this documentary only on the stipulation that she not be photographed as she looked at the time. Instead, we only hear her in interviews. See more »

Goofs

The documentary states that "Dietrich" was the maiden name of Marlene's mother. This is completely untrue. Wilhelmina Dietrich was born Wilhelmina Felsing. Dietrich was the name of Marlene's biological father, Louis Dietrich, after whose death Wilhelmina married Eduard von Losch, who thereby became Marlene's stepfather. See more »

Quotes

Marlene Dietrich: I wasn't erotic. I was nothing.
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Features The Scarlet Empress (1934) See more »

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One of the Greatest German-American Actresses
22 July 2015 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A documentary retrospective on the career of enigmatic screen diva Marlene Dietrich.

I do not really know much about Marlene Dietrich. I have seen a few of her better known films, such as "Blue Angel", but know almost nothing about her personally. This documentary was good for fixing that, really allowing her to tell her story in her own words.

Apparently she did not want to be filmed, but agreed to be recorded. I actually think this makes for a better film. It allows for more footage to be shown, which is great when so many of her earlier works are hard to track down. Also, it serves little purpose to show her as an elderly woman... I mean, especially now that we saw how much better the screen time can be used.


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