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Marlene Details

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The fifth directorial effort of German film star Maximillian Schell, Marlene is an unorthodox documentary of the legendary Marlene Dietrich. After years of resisting Schell's entreaties, Dietrich finally agreed to participate in this project-but refused to appear on camera. Thus, a tape recording of a Dietrich-Schell interview is heard throughout, while the screen is filled with images of Marlene culled from stills, dramatic films (The Blue Angel, Marlene Dietrich et. al.) and newsreel footage. Still far from cooperative, Dietrich ignores Schell's questions, preferring to spin her own version of the Marlene mystique. Despite her efforts at self-protection, we are left with a fuller and more honest portrait of the actress than might have been possible in a traditional question-and-answer format. Originally released in Europe in 1984, Marlene was given its first wide American distribution in 1987. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:March 2, 1984

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Karel Dirka Best Documentary Feature 1984 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Zev Braun Best Documentary Feature 1984 Nominee

Crew

Maximilian Schell
Director
Zev Braun
Producer
Karel Dirka
Producer
Meir Dohnal
Screenwriter
Maximilian Schell
Screenwriter
Pavel Hispler
Cinematographer
Ivan Slapeta
Cinematographer
Henry Hauck
Cinematographer
Heidi Genee
Editor
Dagmar Hirtz
Editor
Zbynek Hloch
Art Director
Norbert Bittmann
Co-producer
Peter Genee
Executive Producer
Norbert Lill
Sound/Sound Designer
Milan Bor
Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Genee
Production Manager
Jan Balzer
Production Manager
Peter Genee
Line Producer
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