Marlene Dietrich - Her Own Song begins in vibrant Berlin of the ‘20s and ‘30s, and looks at the beginning of her success, her stage career followed by cinematic pursuits. Then, we move with her to Hollywood and witness her devotion to her new country, at war against her former homeland. With great courage and without hesitation, Dietrich performed for Allied troops and in countless charity events for American armament during the World War. We also witness her moving reunion with her mother upon the ruins of Berlin after the war, her life with her husband Rudolf Sieber, her extensively reported romance with Jean Gabin, her first performance in German on a Tel Aviv stage of all places, her reclusiveness late in life, and her funeral in Berlin.
The filmmaker J. David Riva, Dietrich’s grandson, uses unique materials from her personal archives to shed new light on the story of her life and examine familiar facts from original points of view. He focuses in particular on the political mission she undertook when she invested much of her energy and enthusiasm in the struggle against the Nazis.