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She was a legend that would never be forgotten. Marlene Dietrich captivated audiences worldwide.

Based on true events, Marlene tells the tale of a woman in Berlin who was discovered by a director who would mold her, possess her and make her a star. Marlene Dietrich set the stage for a new type of actress. Men worshipped her, women wanted her. But the only one she ever truly loved was the one she could never truly have.

Joseph Vilsmaier was born in 1939 and grew up in Munich and Pfarrkirchen. He undertook an apprenticeship at ARRI from 1953 to 1961 and studied Music at the Munich Conservatory. In 1961, he became a camera assistant at Bavaria and has been a director of photography since 1972. He made his directorial debut in 1988 with AUTUMN MILK (HERBSTMILCH), followed by RAMA DAMA (1990), STALINGRAD (1992), CHARLIE & LOUISE (1993), BROTHER OF SLEEP (SCHLAFES BRUDER, 1995), COMEDIAN HARMONISTS (1997), MARLENE (1999),LEO & CLAIRE (2001), ROCK CRYSTAL (BERGKRISTALL, 2004), THE LAST TRAIN (DER LETZTE ZUG, 2006), DIE GESCHICHTE VOM BRANDNER KASPAR (2008), and NANGA PARBAT (2009).
Genre Drama, Biopic
Category Feature
Year of Production 1999
Director Joseph Vilsmaier
Screenplay Christian Pfannenschmidt
Cinematography Joseph Vilsmaier
Barbara Hennings
Harald Kloser
Cast Katja Flint, Hans-Werner Meyer, Herbert Knaup, Armin Rohde, Christiane Paul, Heiner Lauterbach, Suzanne von Borsody, Monica Bleibtreu, Heino Ferch, Cosma Shiva Hagen
Producers Jutta Lieck-Klenke, Katharina M. Trebitsch, Joseph Vilsmaier
Production Companies Perathon Film/Munich, Trebitsch Film + TV/Hamburg
Length 125 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein
German Distributor Senator Film Verleih/Berlin

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