In September 1982, actor/director Maximilian Schell arrived in Paris for a series of on-camera interviews with Marlene Dietrich intended for a documentary film on the screen icon's life and work. Despite having agreed to participate, the near-recluse Dietrich withdrew permission for her Judgment at Nuremburg co-star to film in her flat. Instead, in over 40 hours of audio-taped interviews, the 81-year-old screen legend provoked a battle royale of conversational mind games leading to unforgettably raw and truthful emotional revelations. The hypnotic final result is buoyed by self-reflexive making-of footage, and an impressionistic re-creation of her sunless flat.
Schell's tape recorded interviews with film legend Marlene Dietrich provide the soundtrack for this fine documentary.