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Marlene Dietrich: Her Own Song (2001)

The films, affairs and struggles of the iconic star of The Blue Angel as told by Rosemary Clooney, Roger Corman, Deanna Durbin and many more.


David Riva (as J. David Riva)


Karin Kearns

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Bacharach ... Himself
André G. Brunelin André G. Brunelin ... Himself
Rosemary Clooney ... Herself
Buck Dawson Buck Dawson ... Himself
Alfred Hens Alfred Hens ... Himself
Beate Klarsfeld Beate Klarsfeld ... Herself
Hildegard Knef ... Herself
Volker Kühn Volker Kühn ... Himself
Thomas Langhoff Thomas Langhoff ... Himself
A.C. Lyles ... Himself
Elisabeth McIntosh Elisabeth McIntosh ... Herself
Felix Moeller ... Himself
Barney Oldfield Barney Oldfield ... Himself
Maria Riva ... Herself
Volker Schlöndorff ... Himself


The films, affairs and struggles of the iconic star of The Blue Angel as told by Rosemary Clooney, Roger Corman, Deanna Durbin and many more.

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Germany | USA


English | German | French | Hebrew

Release Date:

21 March 2002 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Marlene Dietrich - To diko tis tragoudi See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Features Café Elektric (1927) See more »


Wenn die Beste Freundin
Written by Mischa Spoliansky (as Spoliansky) and Marcellus Schiffer (as Schiffer)
Performed by Marlene Dietrich
© 1928 Dreiklang-Dreimasken Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH
(BMG UFA Musikver lage), München
Courtesy of CERATON Music, Hamburg
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9 November 2002 | by caburns90See all my reviews

This moving film charts the life of an icon from birth to death. It is interspersed with a comments by her daughter, friends and colleagues, and gruelling documentary footage. After her success in The Blue Angel, Dietrich becomes an emancipated femme fatale, actress and singer. In the 1930s, she flees Berlin to join the German-Jewish exiles in America and protest against anti-Semitism and the Third Reich. Her fluctuating roles in movies are dependent on the political climate of the times. In the 1940s, she risks her life to entertain thousands of troops on the front-line and is devastated when she witnesses the Belsen atrocities. Sixteen years after the war, she returns to Berlin on a concert tour to an ambiguous reception: she is attacked by the press as a traitor and worshipped by fans. An ageing star in Israel, she wins an ovation for her poignant performance of Lili Marlene. I highly recommend this haunting film which is directed by the star's grandson.

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