MARLENE

MARLENE

German actor/director Maximilian Schell's remarkable homage to Marlene Dietrich is characterised by the subject's blank refusal to appear on-screen. Despite Dietrich's lack of cooperation, Schell presents a revealing portrait of the tough, cynical, stubborn, vulnerable, sentimental, unconventional recluse by combining excerpts from a series of audio interviews recorded over six days in her Paris apartment in September 1982, with film clips of her performances. Film clips include The Blue Angel (1930), Dishonored (1931), Morocco (1931), Blonde Venus, Scarlett Empress, Devil is a Woman, Touch of Evil (1958), and Just a Gigolo (1978), amongst others, as well as concert footage with Burt Bacharach as Dietrich's conductor.

MARLENE

  • Director: Maximillian Schell
  • Year: 1983
  • Run Time: 94 mins
  • Country: Germany
  • Rating: G