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The authentic portrait of a myth. Maximilian Schell succeeded in doing what many before him had tried in vain. Marlene Dietrich, idol and star of entire generations of cinemagoers, tells of her life in a film such as will never be seen again. Her voice, her quick-witted, sometimes ironical, sometimes sentimental commentary, clips from her films and her life, come together in a fascinating movie collage.

Maximilian Schell was born in Vienna in 1930. The Austrian-born lead made his screen debut in the mid-1950s and appeared in a number of German films before arriving in Hollywood in 1958. Schell earned an OSCAR for Best Actor for his role as a defense attorney in Judgement at Nuremberg (1961) and received similar acclaim for his character roles in films such as The Man in the Glass Booth (1975) and Julia (1977). In the meantime, he turned to production, with a 1968 adaptation of Franz Kafka's The Castle, and direction, with First Love (1970), based on a story by Turgenev. He wrote, produced and starred in his second feature as a director, The Pedestrian (Der Fuessgaenger, 1973), which was nominated for an OSCAR for Best Foreign Film. Schell's fascinating 1984 documentary, Marlene, centered on an "interview" with Marlene Dietrich. His most recent films as a director include: Candles in the Dark (TV, 1993), and Meine Schwester Maria (2002).
Genre Biopic
Category Documentary
Year of Production 1984
Director Maximilian Schell
Screenplay Meir Dohnal, Maximilian Schell
Cinematography Ivan Slapeta
Production Companies ART-OKO Film/Munich, Bayerischer Rundfunk
Length 94 min
Sound Technology Mono
Awards Bavarian Film Award 1984, Boston Societ of Film Critics Award 1988, German Film Award 1984, National Society of Film Critics/USA 1984, New York Film Critics Circle Award 1986

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