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I Wish You Love: Conversations with Marlene Dietrich

Hanut, Eryk; [Fairbanks, Jr., Douglas]; [Dietrich, Marlene]

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ISBN 10: 1883319471 / ISBN 13: 9781883319472
Published by Frog, Ltd., Berkeley, California, 1996
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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From the library of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., and inscribed to him by the author, "For Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Thank you for your help -- With Admiration and Gratitude, and In Memory of dear Marlene -- Eryk Hanut / May 96." Sir Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. (1909-2000) was an iconic American actor (credited with more than 50 films, including the starring role in "Gunga Din"), and a highly decorated naval officer of World War II. Dietrich sang "Song of Songs" opposite Fairbanks for Lux Radio Theatre in December 1937, though their personal and professional connections go much deeper than that. (They were lovers for a spell. Fairbanks admits in his memoir "A Hell of War" that she was "too sophisticated" for him.) A nice association copy, linking the two legends of Hollywood's Golden Era. Bookseller Inventory # JC2722

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Title: I Wish You Love: Conversations with Marlene ...

Publisher: Frog, Ltd., Berkeley, California

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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Marlene Dietrich's film career spanned six decades, until she retired in 1976 to live her life as a recluse. While living in Paris in the 1980s, Hanut wrote to Dietrich, expressing his admiration for her work. To his surprise, she responded. Here is a record of their sudden friendship. Dietrich shares her thoughts on a wide array of topics--art, literature, haute couture, Hollywood, her career, and her image and persona. 2 cassettes.

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This first book by Danish-born, Paris-raised photographer Hanut describes his telephonic friendship with Dietrich over the last few years of her life. Hanut recalls that he first saw Dietrich at one of her stage performances when he was only eight years old. He was terrified by this commanding presence in furs, and his fears were only slightly assuaged when she came over later to speak to his aunt, another film actress, at a postshow gathering. Many years later he wrote to her on a whim, thereby engendering a series of phone conversations that are the raison d`?tre of this slender volume. Much of the book's first half is taken up with Hanut's rather overwrought narrative of his own depressing childhood and youth: abusive father; both parents killed in an auto wreck; raised by a dotty celebrity aunt; drugs, booze, living on the bum across Europe. He never met Marlene in person, but seems to have enjoyed rare confidences from her during their long chats. Their conversations, as recounted herein, range over a wide assortment of topics, touching only briefly on her film career, but dwelling at length on her philosophy of life, her love of Paris, her distaste for America and its culture, her devotion to the poetry of Rilke. The Dietrich that emerges from this book shows flashes of the scathing wit that was one of her cinematic trademarks, as in a series of derisive remarks about Monaco's Princess Stephanie. Most of the time, however, she deals in rather pretentious aper?us of a purportedly philosophical nature on such high-flown subjects as love and friendship. In that respect she is an accurate reflection of the author, who once sent her a copy of Gibran's verse. The book reeks of sincerity. In describing his initial letter to Dietrich, the author calls it ``a monument of touching imbecility.'' The same may be said of the book. -- Copyright 1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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