DVD - 2009 | German
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Using hours of audio-only taped interviews, learn about this normally reclusive star, from her childhood to her marriage, collaborators, life, death, and the Holocaust
Publisher: New York, NY : Kino International, c2009
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (91 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in
Other Standard Identifier: 738329065225


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Dead or Alive - On my own personal list of "Top 10 Most Despised Movie Stars", Marlene Dietrich ranks right up there at #3. ~~~ Had this documentary been about someone else other than Dietrich, then most likely I would've rated it considerably higher. But, with that said, "Marlene" is, in fact, quite an impressive documentary in its own right, even though it is about someone as despicable as Dietrich. ~~~ Directed by Maximilian Schell, "Marlene's" unconventionality as a "movie star" documentary comes from the fact that even though Dietrich agreed to participate in Schell's little movie-project, she adamantly refused to appear on camera. ~~~ I, for one, am tres' glad that Dietrich made this intelligent decision not to show her face on screen. I mean, she would've been 84 at the time of this film and after seeing what she looked like at 80 in Just A Gigolo, with the skin of her face all stretched out from way too many face-lifts - Well, the truth is - At this point Dietrich would've been a real horror-show to look at. ~~~ Filmed almost entirely on a set that represented Dietrich's Paris apartment, Schell and Dietrich, on audio-tape, carry out their intimate, little interview behind the scenes, while on the screen things are very busy with non-stop images of a much younger Dietrich culled from stills, films, and newsreel footage. ~~~ Always right in character, Dietrich, being as stubborn and uncooperative as ever, often completely ignored Schell's questions and just went off on a screwy, little tangent, spinning her own "Dietrich"-version of what the frick the real "Marlene Dietrich" was all about. ~~~ "Marlene" - It surely isn't a truly accountable documentary, but, all the same, it is relatively interesting, with the eeriest shades of "Sunset Boulevard" thrown in for good measure.


Add a Quote

"It's so kitsch!"


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at MARINet

To Top