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  • Book review: Charlotte Chandler's 'Marlene: Marlene Dietrich, A Personal Biography'

    Book review: Charlotte Chandler's 'Marlene: Marlene Dietrich, A Personal Biography'
    It hardly seems possible that there could be room for yet another important biography on so iconic a star as Marlene Dietrich, already the subject of a remarkably candid yet detached memoir by her daughter Maria Riva and of the late Steven Bach's thoughtful and exhaustively researched "Marlene Dietrich: Life and Legend." Both were published not long after Dietrich's death in Paris at 91 in 1992. Yet Charlotte Chandler's "Marlene: Marlene Dietrich, A Personal Biography" proves invaluable. As with such self-protective, image-conscious legends as Katharine Hepburn, Joan Crawford and Mae West, Chandler has again demonstrated her unparalleled ability to get major figures of Hollywood's golden age to talk about their lives with unprecedented openness.
  • Dance review: Pat Graney Company’s 'Faith' at REDCAT

    A still life with moving bodies. Olympians at play. Knock-kneed models in red patent leather stilettos. These are but some of the tableaux that Pat Graney Company evokes in “Faith,” seen at REDCAT Thursday in the first of four performances....

    Art review: Natalie Bookchin at LACE

    Christopher Knight reviews Natalie Bookchin's video installation, "Now he's out in public and everyone can see," at LACE.

    Olympics become a hurdle

    Olympics become a hurdle
    THIS isn't exactly the show Chinese government officials had in mind when they signed on to host the Olympic Games in Beijing this summer. They had envisioned a sporting event full of Hollywood splendor ( Steven Spielberg would serve as an artistic...

    Steven Bach dies at 70; United Artists executive, author

    As a studio executive at United Artists, Steven Bach presided over one of the most notorious debacles in movie history -- the making of 1980's "Heaven's Gate" -- an experience he would later write about in what would become a classic in the Hollywood...