The True Story of Lili Marlene (1944 documentary) , 23 February 2015
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A NOTE from MICHAEL MORLEY, pianist, dramatist & art critic, 18 September 2016
Strange connections……I knew the story( though not the fact that the lyrics were written in 1915!) about the song , and have a vaguely personal link to the composer. Norbert Schulze was a relative of the German film and stage director, and actor, Richard Revy, who discovered Lotte Lenya in Zurich round 1917. Years later Richard married Alma Jo Revy, a dancer from a wealthy Swiss family. They, like Weill and Lenya, moved to the States when the Nazis came to power, and Weill and Jo started an affair. (Where is this going, you may ask?).
Well, I was lucky enough to meet the wonderful Jo in the 80s and spent time with her until she died aged 99. She always seemed years younger than her actual years; had a beautiful apartment in Zug in Switzerland, with Renoirs, Picassos and Matisses on the walls, and she would always insist on my staying with here, where she would keep me entertained and instructed for hours with reminiscences and stories of everyone from Thomas Mann to Brecht. Richard, her husband (to be seen in the film Casablanca, as one of the Nazis!) had died in the 1960s: but she would catch up with Norbert Schultze (the composer) at least on ce a year for a holiday. She was well aware of his past, but always maintained he was naive and a typical (!) musician, and ‘family is family’….
There is also a documentary about Norbert S., as well, which does not gloss over his links to the Nazis: at one stage he even tells a story about Goebbels giving him MUSICAL advice on a march he was writing for the Nazis!