Just a Gigolo was Marlene Dietrich’s last ever screen performance and co- starred the young David Bowie, filmed shortly after the demise of Ziggy Stardust. Directed by David Hemmings, the film is set in the moody streets of Berlin in the early 1920s. At 77 years old and enticed back to the screen by the opportunity to work with Bowie, this was the first time that Dietrich had spoken on camera for 17 years.
Musically the score reflects the era of the story, and features contributions from many outstanding artists. Significantly David Bowie himself penned the title ‘The Revolutionary song’ specifically for the film but the most memorable performance is that of the star, Marlene Dietrich, who recorded the vocal to the title song, ‘Just a Gigolo’, 3 weeks before she died and it is her last ever recording.
Other contributors include The Manhattan Transfer, The Pasadena Roof Orchestra, The Ragtimers and The Gunther Fischer Quintet.