Dietrich & Riefenstahl: Hollywood, Berlin, and a Century in by Karin Wieland,Shelley Frisch

By Karin Wieland,Shelley Frisch

A Boston Globe most sensible e-book of 2015

A Washington Post extraordinary Nonfiction choose of 2015

Magisterial in scope, this twin biography examines complicated lives that begun alike yet ended on contrary aspects of the century’s maximum conflict.

Marlene Dietrich and Leni Riefenstahl, born below a yr aside, lived so with reference to one another that Riefenstahl may see into Dietrich’s Berlin condominium. Coming of age on the sunrise of the Weimar Republic, either sought reputation in Germany’s burgeoning movie undefined. whereas Dietrich’s depiction of Lola-Lola in The Blue Angel catapulted her to Hollywood stardom, Riefenstahl—who ignored out at the part—insinuated herself into Hitler’s internal circle to direct groundbreaking if notorious Nazi propaganda motion pictures, like Triumph of the Will. Dietrich, who toured tirelessly with the USO, may by no means really cross domestic back; Riefenstahl might by no means shake her Nazi previous. Acclaimed German historian Karin Wieland examines those lives in the vicious crosscurrents of a turbulent century, evoking piercing insights into "the smooth era’s so much tricky questions, approximately phantasm and mass intoxication, paintings and fact, braveness and capitulation" (New Yorker).

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