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- DescriptionThe story of Marlene Dietrich's life is the story of the 20th century. Author David Stuart Ryan who wrote the bestselling biography 'John Lenn's Secret' explores the amazing and circuitous route that took her to Hollywood and riches. But to understand the essential Marlene it is necessary to go right back in time to the era of La Belle Epoque when a very feudal and settled order still existed in Europe. 'The Blue Angel' transports you to a glittering world that is all about to disappear in the maelstrom of world war. What emerges from the conflict is a feverish gaiety that seeks to put behind it all the suffering that has taken place. You are entering the Jazz Age and a Berlin that having suffered hyperinflation decides anything goes. The Berliner Luft - the Berlin air - is what the locals call it. This madcap atmosphere was to be recreated by a young journalist - Billy Wilder - when he made the journey to Hollywood. Indeed, the plot for his greatest film, 'Some Like It Hot', drew on his experiences in Berlin, and Billy Wilder was one of the respondents to the author when he came to write Marlene's story. Others included her musical collaborator for her stage shows, the legendary Burt Bacharach, and her rival for the part of the Blue Angel, Leni Riefenstahl. Her personal assistant Bernard Hall gave some invalubale insights into her later life. While her surprising contacts with Adolf Hitler during his rise to power are hinted at in the films of Billy Wilder who was very much part of the film world in pre-war Berlin. The author reveals just what these contacts were, and the effect they had upon her as she joined the Allied armies re-entering Germany. Marlene's big break came when she played a vampish nightclub singer of dubious morals, t a million miles away from her own background trying to survive in a world turned upside down. 'The Blue Angel' took her to America and a carefully constructed film star image which embodies all the dazzling wealth and influence of Hollywood at its most powerful and hyptic. Yet the more you get into the life of Marlene Dietrich, the greater the mystery becomes. Who was she really? Only w can the expert analysis of David Stuart Ryan reveal the true Marlene Dietrich, the person behind the image, the human being behind the facade. Was she indeed the blue angel?
- Author BiographyAuthor David Stuart Ryan has previously written the bestselling 'John Lennon's Secret' as well as a novel about Robin Hood - 'The Lost Journal of Robyn Hood Outlaw'. Here he takes you into the scintillating world of 1930s Hollywood to produce a searingly real evocation of a whole era, fabulous in its success, hypnotic in the stories it told on the silver screen each week for tens of millions fleeing the depression outside. What they sought, and what Marlene provided was a dark shadowy world where love and triumph could somehow survive. Her story is indeed the story of the 20th century. On the cinema screen at least they could escape into the fantasies of love, romance and mystery that her films portrayed so compellingly.
- Author(s)David Stuart Ryan
- Date of Publication12/12/2010
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectBiography: The Arts
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight263 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine10 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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