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Marlene Dietrich: Life and Legend

Steven Bach

9780816675845

University of Minnesota


Film, TV & Radio; Individual actors & performers; Films, movies & cinema; Biography: arts & entertainment

Paperback

640 pages

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From the stages of Berlin to anti-Nazi efforts and silver-screen stardom, Steven Bach reveals the fascinating woman behind the myth surrounding Marlene Dietrich in a biography that will stand as the ultimate authority on a singular star. Based on six years of research and hundreds of interviews--including conversations with Dietrich--this is the life story of one of the century's greatest movie actresses and performers, an icon who embodied glamour and sophistication for audiences around the globe.

By:   Steven Bach
Imprint:   University of Minnesota
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 156mm,  Spine: 36mm
Weight:   939g
ISBN:  

9780816675845


ISBN 10:   0816675848
Pages:   640
Publication Date:   May 2011
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Available   Availability explained
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This massive, admiring biography refutes the notion that Marlene Dietrich's femme fatale image was wholly the invention of director Josef von Sternberg. Bach, a film producer and author of Final Cut , who studied with von Sternberg, portrays the latter as a megalomaniac whose amorous frustrations with the star he had created drove him to maintain that she was a puppet who danced to his strings. Bach rejects the standard comparisons with Garbo as he plumbs Dietrich's special blend of erotic power, irony, and humor and limns a strong-willed woman whose innumerable sexual affairs satisfied a simple need for companionship. ... This engrossing biography is especially good on Dietrich's early career, her valiant anti-Nazi efforts, and her phoenixlike rebirth as a troubadour-actress. — Publishers Weekly

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