Marlene Dietrich - Her Own Song
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The documentary includes information about Dietrich's early acting career, concert footage, and her screen test for "Blue Angel". Various people in the film industry relate their anecdotal memories of Dietrich--including Hildegard Neff, Burt Bacharach, Rosemary Clooney, daughter Maria Riva (the director's mother), and various biographers. There are some fascinating photographs of Marlene Dietrich's WWII involvement--the shows she gave to the troops, etc. The film discusses Dietrich's brave opposition to the Nazi party, Goebbel's attempts to get her back in the German film industry, and how she coped with being a German in wartime. Dietrich's films were eventually banned in her native Germany.
While it's extremely interesting to learn about Marlene's devotion to the troops, and how she suffered for being German, overall, the documentary is a disappointment.Read more ›
On the other hand, we do get a portrait of Dietrich that, in conjunction with the more commonly known side of her, that richly deepens the more common portrait of her. There are many extraordinary early photographs and film footage of the very young Marlene in Germany, a great deal of fascinating home movie footage, and many interviews with family members. In fact, the sections of the documentary dealing with her family relations is among the most interesting.Read more ›
But don't expect the film to be about her as actress. As the title of the film suggest, "Marlene Dietrich: Her Own Song" uses its considerable time to describe her war-time activity. As you know, she travelled all around the world during the WW2, and sang her songs before the cheering soldiers, and the film shows how she did the work, even risking her own life. No wonder we associate her image with the song "Lili Marleen," (which is, incidentally, not her song at first -- it was first sung by Lala Anderson).
The film covers the aspect of Dietrich as actress, but the part is not what we can call in-depth study. In this film, her acting career means "The Blue Angel" "Morocco" and many others which are touched rather superficially. When Billy Wilder is mentioned, the film quoted is NOT "Witness for the Prosecution" but "A Foreign Affair." Strangely, the first one is never talked about, the decision no serious film critic would take.
The most memorable part of the new documentary is its materials which only the people close to Marlene Dietrich can obtain. The home video part (8 mm films) is fascinating, capturing the Marlene Dietrich enjoying herself in holiday (some shots in swimming suit), and incredibly, they are mostly in color (remember, it's around the 1930-40s). And the brief reunion conversation between Marlene (who left Germany) and her mother (who stayed in Berlin during the war) recorded by US military is very touching.Read more ›
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I didn't know much about Ms. Dietrich before watching this bio of her life and career. Slow moving at times. Well narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis. No bonus features. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Byron
This video might not have every detail of her life but what a life it shows. She lived the life she wanted and helped mankind. I would loved to have met her.Published 13 months ago by ronn
So much utter waste has been devoted to Ms. Dietrich's private life and encounters. This film brings about the side worth noting, her humane and compassionate devotion to American... Read morePublished on May 24, 2014 by Glen W.
A story about what made MD really tick - what really interested her. Her activities before, during and after World War II were the life blood of the woman and here you find out... Read morePublished on August 13, 2013 by John David Riva
If I could give this 10 stars I would. I can't recommend it highly enough. I sat glued to my seat through the whole thing. In some places it moved me to tears. Read morePublished on November 13, 2012 by JJ
This documentary about Marlene Dietrich serves as an excellent introduction to her both as an actress and a brave soul who tirelessly entertained the men she called "my boys"... Read morePublished on August 10, 2010 by Matthew G. Sherwin
I am glad i bought this Doc film of Marlene directed by her grandson! It was well done from beginning to end. Lots of exclusive footage and very touching moments. Read morePublished on January 9, 2009 by M.
I've sent you an email that I did not receive the purchased items!!!!!!!!!!Please answer my email and complaint!Published on January 10, 2007 by B. Hansen