n Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa - Thea Dorn’s Marleni. Preußische Diven blond wie Stahl : revisioning Marlene Dietrich and Leni Riefenstahl - Afrika schreiben

Volume 45 Number 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1273


Thea Dorn’s Marleni. Preußische Diven blond wie Stahl (2000) presents a composite of Germany’s two most renowned women whose unbound presence rendered them icons. The play imagines an encounter between filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl, whose “Wonderful, Horrible Life” has triggered fascination and antipathy, and film star Marlene Dietrich, Germany’s Blue Angel. Focused primarily on the figure of Leni Riefenstahl, Dorn explores the role of the artist and the theme of Riefenstahl’s culpability, which continues to cast a shadow over her life and work. Dorn uses theater to probe the role of the artist and her ambitions and to revisit Riefenstahl’s oeuvre through a critical theatrical lens.

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