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Marlene Dietrich - Her Own Song

Marlene Dietrich - Her Own Song

Countless films have exhausted - or so it seems - the glamorous life-story of Marlene Dietrich. Books claim to have explored every detail of the actress and to have captured every nuance of the woman. Yet the real story of what motivated the German-born star to exchange Hollywood for the European war front, remains largely unknown.

Marlene Dietrich - Her Own Song challenges the unexplored controversy of Marlene's political mission and invites the audience to a roller-coaster-ride of political intrigue, artistic achievement and uncompromising emotions. The film is an accurate and unabridged account of a woman's extraordinary life and her unprecedented mission, and is, without a doubt, the definitive document of the life and times of one of the most fascinating and least understood stars of the 20th century.


David Riva , grandson of Marlene Dietrich, was born and educated in New York City and raised in London. He started his career in the early 80s in New York and Los Angeles as a talent and packaging agent for ICM, The Agency for the Performing Arts, and Don Buchwald Associates. In the early 90s, he became vice-president of Rix/Ubell Management & Production. By 1996, he had worked on many major productions in the role as producer and development executive for MGM, Warner Bros., Columbia/Tri-Star and Republic Pictures. He has also produced a number of independent feature films. In 1997, he opened his own production company - APG Associated Producer's Group - an innovative production house designed to pool talent and resources. With Marlene Dietrich - Her Own Song (2001) he gives his debut as a director.
Genre Biopic
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2001
Director David Riva
Screenplay Karin Kearns
Cinematography Adolfo Bartoli, Uli Kudicke
Katharina Schmidt
Gernot Rothenbach
Cast Hildegard Knef, Volker Schlöndorff, Burt Bacharach, Beate Klarsfeld, Maria Riva, Nicholas von Sternberg
Producers Gerhard Schmidt, David Riva, Karin Kearns, H.W. Pausch, Sabine Mueller, Frank Huebner, Tom Brown, Melissa Roller
Voices Hanna Schygulla, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nina Franoszek, Volker Risch
Production Company Gemini Film/Cologne, in co-production with APG/Los Angeles, Apollo Media/Potsdam, Talent Network Media/Berlin, in cooperation with ORB/Potsdam, Turner, Atlanta, United Artists/Los Angeles
Length 100 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 English/German/French
Subtitled Versions English, German
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Berlin 2002 (Panorama), Sydney 2002, Ghent 2002, Valladolid 2002
German Distributor Salzgeber & Co. Medien

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