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Marlene Dietrich: the Prodigal Daughter Returns. A Foreign Affair (Billy Wilder 1948)

Part of the Wiener Library/Leo Baeck Institute FilmTalk Lecture Series, 'Jews, Nazis, Hollywood'.

When Marlene Dietrich left Germany for Hollywood after 'The Blue Angel' (1930), she began a career that would establish her as one of Germany's foremost emigre stars. Dietrich became the target of Nazi ire when she took US citizenship, and later supported the Allied war effort by entertaining troops on European front lines. Though she never returned to work in German cinema, Dietrich did stage a fictive return on screen in her role as Erika von Schluetow, the politically compromised femme fatale of Billy Wilder's 1948 'A Foreign Affair'. This lecture takes the film as a starting point to explore the sexual and political ambiguities surrounding Dietrich's star image, and considers her mixed reception by German audiences.


Professor Erica Carter | talks | www


Date and Time:

17 June 2010 at 7:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide
29 Russell Square
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