Marlene Dietrich: Articles

Honorary Award: Marlene Dietrich & Rita Hayworth Among Women 'Snubbed' by Academy

Honorary Award non-winner Marlene Dietrich. Honorary Award: Academy 'snubbed' Gloria Swanson & Rita Hayworth + Marlene Dietrich & dozens of other women (See previous post: “Honorary Oscars: Doris Day, Danielle Darrieux 'Snubbed.'”) A sizable chunk of part three of this three-part article about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and […]

Maximilian Schell Dies: Won Best Actor Oscar, Directed Marlene Dietrich Documentary

Maximilian Schell dead at 83: Best Actor Oscar winner for 'Judgment at Nuremberg' (image: Maximilian Schell ca. 1960) Actor and filmmaker Maximilian Schell, best known for his Oscar-winning performance as the defense attorney in Stanley Kramer's 1961 political drama Judgment at Nuremberg died at a hospital in Innsbruck, Austria, on […]

Angelina Jolie Leg & United Nations Envoy + Gay John Waters & Jessica Chastain Most Influential Person?

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie Leg + Marlene Dietrich Pioneer Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and Angelina Jolie's notorious right leg (“Brangeleg” for short?) are seen backstage at the 2012 Academy Awards ceremony, which took place at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood on February […]

Marlene Dietrich Movies: Mystery and Glamour

German-born Marlene Dietrich is Turner Classic Movies last “Summer Under the Stars” star of 2011. Today, TCM is showing 12 Marlene Dietrich movies, in addition to J. David Riva's 2001 documentary Marlene Dietrich: Her Own Song. Riva, I should add, is the son of Maria Riva and Dietrich's grandson. (See […]

Marlene Dietrich, Douglas Fairbanks, Janet Gaynor, Lon Chaney: San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Marlene Dietrich in Kurt Bernhardt's The Woman Men Yearn For Among the silent film classics to be featured at this year's San Francisco Silent Film Festival are Victor Sjöström's He Who Gets Slapped (1924), starring Lon Chaney, Norma Shearer, and John Gilbert in the newly founded MGM studios' first production; […]

Josef von Sternberg Movies

Marlene Dietrich, Gary Cooper, Morocco Turner Classic Movies is dedicating this evening to filmmaker Josef von Sternberg, best known for his elaborate pageants starring Marlene Dietrich. One of those, Shanghai Express (1932) was shown earlier this evening; another, the creaky melodrama Morocco (1930), which earned Dietrich her sole Academy Award […]

'The Song of Songs': Marlene Dietrich Directed by Rouben Mamoulian

In her first American film without the guidance of Josef von Sternberg, Marlene Dietrich was definitely up to the acting challenge of Rouben Mamoulian's The Song of Songs. Not only are there some fine performances in this 1933 Mamoulian effort, but the screenplay by Leo Birinsky and Samuel Hoffenstein, taken […]

Noel Coward Exhibition at the Academy

Noel Coward with Elizabeth Taylor on the set of Boom! (top); with Marlene Dietrich, 1937 (bottom) Noel Coward – playwright, composer, director, actor, (purported) spy, nationalist, propagandist, semi-closeted gay guy – is the subject of an exhibition currently being held at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, “Star […]

Marlon Brando, Marlene Dietrich, Sophia Loren Home Movies

Alfred Hitchcock, wife Alma Reville, daughter Patricia Hitchcock, and dog at home ca. 1941 Paulette Goddard, Betty Grable, Edward G. Robinson, Ginger Rogers, and Natalie Wood's rarely seen home movies will be screened at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' presentation of “Hollywood Home Movies II: Treasures from […]

'Blonde Venus': Marlene Dietrich-Cary Grant Racy Pre-Code Drama

Blonde Venus is my favorite of the Marlene Dietrich-Josef von Sternberg collaborations. This melodrama simply has it all. The film begins with the ever-dull and wooden Herbert Marshall as an American soldier in Germany during World War I. At one point, he and his troops come upon a group of […]

'Judgment at Nuremberg': All-Star Nazi Trials

Some critics have dismissed Judgment at Nuremberg as sentimental Hollywood claptrap, but Mr. Contrarian here finds it the best 1961 American film I've seen. (See Best Films - 1961.) Director Stanley Kramer manages to sustain interest in the lengthy proceedings - the film runs 186 minutes - and, even if […]

Glamorous Actresses Carole Lombard & Mae West & Marlene Dietrich + Cecil B. DeMille DVD Sets

“Glamorous actresses”: Carole Lombard and Fred MacMurray in True Confession. One of the highest-paid stars of the studio era, Carole Lombard was a top-notch light comedienne usually wasted in below-par dramas and comedies. True Confession, in which she's partnered with unappealing leading man Fred MacMurray (who, curiously, would excel as vile villains), […]