Falling In Love Again: Marlene Dietrich and The Blue Angel

“Then Marlene Dietrich appeared. Klara released her grip, as if daring Rolf to move. Rolf couldn’t.” –Summer of Long Knives, page 113 The Blue Angel, based on a novel whose title translates more or less as Professor Garbage, was intended as a starring vehicle for Oscar-Winner (actually the first Oscar Winner) Emil Jannings. Jannings had made… Continue reading Falling In Love Again: Marlene Dietrich and The Blue Angel

Review: The Wonderful Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl

Leni Riefenstahl’s life, to whatever degree it was horrible or wonderful, will always be linked with her direction of two films for the Third Reich: Olympia and The Triumph of the Will. What makes the documentary, The Wonderful Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl, worth watching is that it allows us to experience that life as both a tragedy and… Continue reading Review: The Wonderful Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl

The Summer of Long Knives Playlist

I write to music. I’ve never conducted any sort of survey to see how common that is among fiction writers, but I do it. The rhythm keeps me moving when I’m looking for excuses to pack it in, and the proper playlist keeps me in the right mood. With Summer of Long Knives (of which a great… Continue reading The Summer of Long Knives Playlist