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By Karin Wieland

Magisterial in scope, this twin biography examines advanced lives that started alike yet ended on contrary facets of the century's maximum conflict.

Born on the sunrise of the 20th century, Leni Riefenstahl and Marlene Dietrich either got here of age in Weimar Berlin, a time of serious political ferment. Glamour and decadence thrived beside abject poverty, and the German capital's outpouring of literature, style, and movie marked it because the most important eu city. As younger ladies of this period, Dietrich and Riefenstahl lived so just about one another that Riefenstahl might see into Dietrich's house from the roof of her construction. either girls seized upon the innovative power of the Twenties, looking careers at the level and in film.

In 1929, filmmakers have been casting what might turn into the enduring position of Lola-Lola (who made "Falling in Love Again" a sensation) within the groundbreaking sound movie The Blue Angel. Riefenstahl—whose paintings in her "mountain films" had already made her a countrywide logo for the athletic rigor and lively independence of the hot Woman—hoped for the half yet didn't get it. just a couple of years later she grew to become the respectable filmmaker of the 3rd Reich. Dietrich, besides the fact that, received the position and the adoration of thousands while she moved to Hollywood and redefined the "vixen" for a brand new era.

While Dietrich's slim and androgynous good looks made her a manner icon whose impact will be noticeable to today, Riefenstahl's personal iconography is not any much less indelible. together with her paintings on of the main notorious—if artistically sophisticated—propaganda motion pictures of all time—Triumph of the desire and Olympia—Riefenstahl used to be a progenitor of fascist symbolism. After the struggle she proclaimed her lack of know-how of Hitler's factors, yet she may by no means thoroughly distance herself from her Nazi collaboration. Dietrich vehemently condemned Hitler in the course of global battle II and located a renewed feel of function traveling with the USO, yet accordingly she might by no means conveniently go back to her local Germany.

Both ladies have been "prodigies of will, self-discipline, persistence, self-reinvention, and exaltation of the physique in all its muscular, androgynous, pose-striking pagan glory" (James Wolcott), and either had their grand passions, yet neither deserted ambition for the sake of affection. As award-winning biographer Karin Wieland indicates, of their later years, either ladies grappled with controlling their image—Riefenstahl by way of pursuing an extra occupation in images, and Dietrich by means of ultimately hiding at domestic as her well-known attractiveness used to be ravaged through time.

Skillfully juxtaposing those interesting lives, Wieland brings to brilliant lifestyles a time of overseas upheaval, chronicling radical evolutions of politics, reputation, and femininity on a grand level. reading the ethical accountability of the artist, Wieland poses questions as deeply suitable to our century as to the final. A magisterial portrait of 2 diverging yet lasting pictures of the fashionable lady, Dietrich & Riefenstahl is "a superb" (Die Zeit) landscape of the 20 th century.

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