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Dietrich & Riefenstahl: Hollywood, Berlin, and a Century in Two Lives
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Karin Wieland Shelley Frisch
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Dietrich & Riefenstahl: Hollywood, Berlin, and a Century in Two Lives

Karin Wieland Shelley Frisch



Film, TV & Radio;
Individual actors & performers;
Biography: arts & entertainment;
Gender studies: women;
Cinema industry


624 pages

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Marlene Dietrich and Leni Riefenstahl, born less than a year apart, lived so close to each other that Riefenstahl could see into Dietrich's Berlin flat. Coming of age in the Weimar Republic, both sought fame in Germany's silent film industry. While Dietrich's depiction of Lola Lola in The Blue Angel catapulted her to Hollywood stardom, Riefenstahl-who missed out on the part-insinuated herself into Hitler's inner circle and directed Nazi propaganda films, most famously, Triumph of the Will. Dietrich could never truly go home again, while Riefenstahl was contaminated by her political associations. Moving deftly between two stories never before told together, Karin Wieland contextualises these lives, chronicling revolutions in politics, fame and sexuality on a grand stage.

By:   Karin Wieland
Translated by:   Shelley Frisch
Imprint:   Liveright
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 147mm,  Spine: 36mm
Weight:   810g
ISBN:   9781631492280
ISBN 10:   1631492284
Pages:   624
Publication Date:   October 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Karin Wieland lives in Berlin and is an historian of political theory at the Hamburg Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Culture. Shelley Frisch is the prize-winning translator of biographies of Nietzsche, Einstein, and Kafka. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

...classical in scope and style. It [Dietrich & Riefenstahl] puts together cradle-to-grave biographies of two women who hardly met, offering admirably researched accounts that leave barely a telegram or plot summary unturned. -- The Telegraph ... epic, enthralling tome about two of the 20th century's most compelling artists... -- The Independent Wieland offers abundant - and now and then overwhelming - material and produces a captivating chronological narrative that is rich in sources... The emerging story is fascinating... -- Times Higher Education In telling their stories, Karin Wieland has decided to juxtapose their lives without making the comparisons explicit. This can be very effective: she is an evocative scene setter and so it is easy to grasp the implication that both women were created by their time and place. -- Literary Review Newly translated dual biography by German historian provides an illuminating look at two famous, ambitious women who reacted very differently to the Nazis...Via a fluent, often witty translation by Shelley Frisch, Wieland draws the portrait of women who were ambitious to a degree stunning in their day. -- The Guardian

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