Marlene Dietrich by James Ursini
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is basically a coffee table book, which includes a great many glossy stills from Marlene Dietrich's movie career, as well as a few from her live shows. Also included are an array of movie posters. The book contains a number of interesting quotes from the lady herself, as well as people who knew or worked with her. There is a little bit of biographical text, as well as brief explanatory notes about the stills and photographs. All text is in three languages: English, German, and French.
Marlene Dietrich was a top tier star, a very sexy woman who flirted with both women and men and was as captivating in a man's tuxedo as she was in a Hollywood gown. This is a woman who, when offered the chance to be a star in Nazi-sponsored German movies (in 1933), basically told Hitler to stuff it, and became an American citizen. This book isn't meant to be an in-depth biography, but is well worth an hour's time for anyone who finds her fascinating...and who wouldn't?
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