Maria Schell — a beautiful and talented girl born to an exceptional family of artists, a renowned actress and darling of the public — enjoyed an unparalleled career for a German-speaking actress. Despite a glamorous acting career with over seventy feature film appearances alongside such legends as Oskar Werner, Gary Cooper and Marcello Mastroianni, and numerous awards and nominations, Maria Schell’s life was filled with romances, loneliness, unrequited love, disappointments, debt, depression, suicide attempts, and an unwillingness to grow old gracefully. Her brother and confidant, actor/director/cowriter Maximilian Schell, blends interviews with staged scenes in this examination of their personal relationship, expressing his great respect for her lifework and the regret he felt at her later failures. –TLA Releasing
Maximilian Schell may not be a household name, but he is internationally respected, particularly in Europe, as an award-winning actor/director of stage and screen. He was born in Vienna, Austria, on December 8, 1930, but raised in Switzerland after his parents, Swiss author/poet Hermann Ferdinand Schell and Austrian actress Margarethe Noe von Nordberg, fled there to escape the effects of Nazi Germany’s forcible annexation of Austria in 1938. As a young man, Schell studied at three universities — Zurich, Basel, and Munich — before making his professional stage debut in 1952. In 1955, he appeared in his first film, Kinder, Mütter und ein General. He next debuted on Broadway and then in Hollywood, playing a German officer who befriends fellow soldier Marlon Brando in The Young Lions (1958).
Schell earned an Oscar in 1961 for his intriguing performance as a defense attorney in Judgment at Nuremberg, and would subsequently be nominated for Oscars for his work… read more