- Title: Marlene Dietrich: Life and Legend
- Author: Steven Bach
- ISBN: 9780688071196
- Page: 157
- Format: Hardcover
Based on six years of research and writing, and 200 interviews conducted in three languages in a dozen countries, Bach s definitive biography focuses on Dietrich as both woman and myth Contains over 100 photos, including family photos never before published, a complete bibliography and complete and correct theatre history, filmography, and discography.
Recent Comments "Marlene Dietrich: Life and Legend"
This was a very interesting story about a fascinating woman. The author tells a pretty straightforward story, without a lot of opinion or judgment. This was a talent that left her mark on the world. She hated the Nazis and supported the Allies, even at the cost of alienating her countrymen.
In my opinion, the best biography on Dietrich. A must read for any fan of Marlene and good writing in general!
Critics rave about this book--and for detail and a sense of the times, Bach is hard to beat. He presents a great feel for Germany between the wars and how Dietrich became the immoral (amoral?) queen she did. Excellent. His writing is also fairly dense. This gives you both clever and obtuse prose ("Why didn't he just say 'X'?"). As knowledgeable as Bach clearly is--and his pedigree and research are top shelf--he still passes on the myth of Fritz Lang ditching the Nazis overnight upon first threat [...]
Bach provides an exhaustive, detailed account of Marlene's Dietrich. He cuts through the myths swirling around Dietrich's life and career, downplaying her scandalous private life. Emerging is an immensely talented artist, intelligent and driven, but deeply flawed. Dietrich pursued fame (and myriad affairs) in Hollywood, leaving her husband and daughter in Europe. Bach's account of Dietrich's Trilby-Svengali relationship with Josef von Sternberg doesn't flatter either party. Yet he clearly admire [...]
There is a lot of information in here and you are presented with a well-rounded view of her - good and bad. My only issue was with how desperately the author wanted to show you how clever he is. I started rolling my eyes at some of his puns and dramatic phrases but the book is well worth it. He also was almost too subtle sometimes about implying who she had personal affairs with - at time it wasn't clear until he was more straightforward later referring to someone a second or third time as a for [...]
Please see my detailed review at Graceann's "Marlene Dietrich" Review"Please click that the review was helpful to you at so that my rating continues to climb! The research, as far as I could tell, was beyond reproach, and the endnotes are exhaustive, but Steven Bach would have benefited from some self-editing. Repetition is not a good trait, especially in telling the story of a life as rich and full as Marlene Dietrich's. She needed no filler or padding - she was her own great story. Bach is a [...]
a very close look at the stars life, very good
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