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Marlene (1984)

Retrospective on the career of enigmatic screen diva Marlene Dietrich.

Director:

Maximilian Schell
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Annie Albers Annie Albers ... Self
Marlene Dietrich ... Self (voice)
Bernard Hall Bernard Hall ... Self
Maximilian Schell ... Self
Marta Rakosnik Marta Rakosnik ... Self
Patricia Schell Patricia Schell ... Self
Ivana Spinell Ivana Spinell ... Self
William von Stranz William von Stranz ... Self
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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


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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

[Last line, to director Maximilian Shell about this film]
Marlene Dietrich: You never sell that in America.
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Connections

Features Dishonored (1931) See more »

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Impossible. Like the pyramids!
8 August 2005 | by HoldjerhorsesSee all my reviews

Yet, HERE! Perhaps the most intimate documentary ever filmed.

An 82-year old legend who refuses to be photographed, yet whose voice alone raises hackles, cackles and longing over a brilliant assemblage of stock and custom footage.

As much as anything, "Marlene" is a film about trying to film somebody: trying to know somebody.

"Nein, nein, nein," it begins. "No, no no," Marlene instantly dismisses us and this documentary.

Its last word, from Dietrich's own lips, finally resigned, crying softly, is, "Maybe." One of the most haunting, heartbreaking films ever made.

Never has there been as deep a glance into any other screen Goddess' life as this.

Ironic. The most private, iconic of early screen actresses, extends her career for nearly sixty years -- including live performances around the world (unlike, say, Greta Garbo) and culminates in one of the more enigmatic yet fulfilling performances of the century with her voice alone in "Marlene." Thanks solely to Maximillian Schell, whose genius as a film maker rose to Dietrich's genius as a tart risen to lady and finally to goddess.

"Maybe." Indeed.


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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

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,490, 9 November 1986

Gross USA:

$852,676

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$852,676
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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