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Nazi-era film diva Marika Roekk dies at 90, are there any DVDs of her?

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Nazi-era film diva Marika Roekk dies at 90, are there any DVDs of her?

HAMBURG - Marika Roekk, a fiery Hungarian-born dancer-singer who hoofed her way through Nazi-era film musical extravaganzas, died of heart failure Sunday at her home outside Vienna. She was 90.

In the dark 1930s when Jewish film producers and stars were fleeing Germany, Roekk literally bounded to stardom with her acrobatic-expressionist style of dancing.

German filmgoers had seen nothing like Roekk, whose strawberry blonde locks, flashing green eyes and infectious smile along with her sultry Hungarian accent made her an instant hit in romantic musical comedies which the Nazi propaganda machine churned out for the masses.

As Allied bombs rained down on German cities, Roekk sang and danced her way through movie after movie, her last being a splashy colour comedy romance entitled "Die Frau Meiner Traeume" (Woman Of My Dreams) released in November 1944.

She was so beloved with German audiences that, unlike other Nazi-era celebrities, she was able to re-launch her career after the war in stage revues and later in a series of screen musical comedies in the 1950s.


pics and sound samples: http://www.steffi-line.de/Bildergale...0/28_roekk.htm

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