Dietrich & Riefenstahl: Hollywood, Berlin, and a Century in Two Lives Dietrich & Riefenstahl: Hollywood, Berlin, and a Century in Two Lives

Dietrich & Riefenstahl: Hollywood, Berlin, and a Century in Two Lives

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Publisher Description

Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award (Biography)

Named of the Best Books of the Year by the Washington Post and the Boston Globe

Magisterial in scope, this dual biography examines two complex lives that began alike but ended on opposite sides of the century’s greatest conflict.

Marlene Dietrich and Leni Riefenstahl, born less than a year apart, lived so close to each other that Riefenstahl could see into Dietrich’s Berlin apartment. Coming of age at the dawn of the Weimar Republic, both sought fame in Germany’s burgeoning motion picture industry. While Dietrich’s depiction of Lola-Lola in The Blue Angel catapulted her to Hollywood stardom, Riefenstahl—who missed out on the part—insinuated herself into Hitler’s inner circle to direct groundbreaking if infamous Nazi propaganda films, like Triumph of the Will. Dietrich, who toured tirelessly with the USO, could never truly go home again; Riefenstahl could never shake her Nazi past. Acclaimed German historian Karin Wieland examines these lives within the vicious crosscurrents of a turbulent century, evoking piercing insights into "the modern era’s most difficult questions, about illusion and mass intoxication, art and truth, courage and capitulation" (New Yorker).

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2015
October 5
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
624
Pages
PUBLISHER
Liveright
SELLER
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
SIZE
4
MB

Customer Reviews

Peg1gy ,

Dietrich and Riefenstahl: Hollywood, Berlin and a Century

What a book. I could not put this down. The information about the arts in both world wars was new to me. I learned so much that now I have to watch all the mentioned movies. I have seen many of them but, now, with this knowledge, I need to watch again. Exciting. The book also follows the horrors of aging of beautiful, talented women.

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