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Monday, September 16, 2019

Oktoberfest München

Marisa Mell is ready to start the Oktoberfest in Münich, Germany
 together with German movie star Helmut Fischer in the mid '80s.

On September 21st 2019 in Münich, Germany the world famous Oktoberfest starts with a lot of beer and prätzels. During two weeks people from all over the world are celebrating the end of summer, the start of autumn and enjoying the harvest of their hard work during the hot summer months. Marisa Mell was during the mid '80s special guest star with German movie star Helmut Fischer on one of the opening nights of the festivaties. The first barrel of beer of the night was opened by her in A traditional by way with the use of a classic beer barrel hammer. 

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Summer of '69

Marisa Mell in the Summer of '69
Angelo Frontoni

Saturday, June 22, 2019

The Aloof

Marisa Mell was one of the It-Girls from the Swinging Sixties. Although she was professionaly based in Rome, Italy, she was well aware of what happened in the UK and USA regarding fashion, music and movies. So once in a while she got a photo opportunity dressing up in 60's London Carnaby Street style, which was completely different from the mediterranean fashion styles she was used to. Hence these pictures show a completely different Marisa Mell and demonstrates that she was capable of taking on a lot of different personalities in the right outfit. Seeing these pictures always reminds me of "The Aloof" from the 1969 movie "Sweet Charity" with Shirley MacLaine, and the quirky music.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Alma Mahler-Werfel

                                                    Marisa Mell as “Alma Mahler-Werfel”

Alma Maria Mahler Gropius Werfel, born Alma Margaretha Maria Schindler; 31 August 1879 – 11 December 1964, was a Viennese-born composer, author, editor and socialite. At age fifteen, she was mentored by Max Burckhard. Musically active from her early years, she was the composer of at least 17 songs for voice and piano. In her early years, she fell in love with composer and conductor Alexander von Zemlinsky, but their relationship did not last long. She became the wife of composer Gustav Mahler, who did not approve of her continuing to compose music. Eventually she fell into depression from being artistically stifled. While her marriage was struggling, she had an affair with Walter Gropius. Gustav started to encourage Alma's composing and helped prepare some of her compositions for publication, but died soon after this attempted reconciliation in 1911. Alma married Gropius in 1915 and the couple had a daughter together, Manon Gropius. During her marriage to Gropius, Alma had an affair with Franz Werfel. Alma and Werfel were eventually married after Alma separated from Gropius. In 1938, after the Anschluss, Werfel and Alma were forced to flee Austria as it was unsafe for Jews. Eventually the couple settled in Los Angeles. In later years, her salon became part of the artistic scene, first in Vienna, then in Los Angeles and in New York.

Alma Mahler-Werfel died 11 December 1964 in New York City. She was buried on 8 February 1965 in the Grinzing Cemetery of Vienna, in the same cemetery as her daughter Manon Gropius and her first husband Gustav Mahler.

This was a theatre production in honor of poet Franz Werfel's 100th anniversary of his birthday on September 10th 1990. The production "Dort und Hier" started in Graz-Austria, Marisa Mell's home town, and did presumably go on tour in Austria. Sadly there is not much information known of this production, even André Schneider, author of the great Marisa Mell book "Die Feuerblume -Über Marisa Mell und ihre Filme, has not much information about this production. Sadly it was one of the last theatre productions of Marisa Mell because soon after she became very ill leading up to her untimely death! 

A young Alma Mahler-Werfel

Thanks to André Schneider for providing this wonderful theatre broschure which is quite hard to find.