- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 31 minutes
- Video: Black & White / Color
- Released: October 6, 2009
- Originally Released: 1987
- Label: Kino Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, German
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 09/21/1986
"...Unconventional....MARLENE is something else -- a portrait of a remarkably strong-willed woman..."
Los Angeles Times - 12/18/1986
"...Witty, tough-minded, imaginative and finally deeply appreciative..."
A stunning, award-winning portrait of the sultry German movie star, Marlene Dietrich. Fellow actor Maximilian Schell was hand-picked by Dietrich to direct and narrate this revealing documentary that includes interviews and film clips, as well as Marlene's own distinctive commentary throughout the film.
Actor/director Maximilian Schell's award-winning homage to one of Hollywood's most seductive and enigmatic stars: Marlene Dietrich. Despite her vehement protests about being the subject of his documentary, Schell has managed to weave an interesting biographical portrait, using film clips from the over 50-year span of her work, such as the early German silent, "Nights of Love," to "Just a Gigolo" made in 1978, as well as concert footage with her conductor, Burt Bacharach, extracts from American talk shows, and stills. Their interviews together, three days conducted in German and three days in English, are revealing, humorous, and extremely argumentative.
- Film won the New York Film Critics, National Society of Film Critics, and National Board of Review Awards.
- Film clips include: "Destry Rides Again" (1939); "The Blue Angel" (1930); "Nights of Love" (silent); "Dishonoured" (1931); "Morocco" (1931); "Blonde Venus"; "Scarlett Empress"; "Devil Is a Woman"; "Touch of Evil" (1958); "Witness for the Prosecution" (1957); "Judgment at Nuremberg" (1961); "Just a Gigolo" (1978); and black and white concert footage with Burt Bacharach as her conductor.
- Additional credits: Norbert Bittman (co-producer); Pavel Hispler, Henry Hauck (camera operators); Jan Balzer & Jan Schuster (production supervisors); Heidi Genée (editor); Norbert Lill (sound); Dietrich Leiding & Nathan Podhorzer (research).
- Copyright 1983 OKO-Filmproduktion/Karel Dirka