Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
Valeska Gert was a young actress and dancer in 1920's Berlin. At that time, she created a sensation with her highly athletic stile of dance. In her 70s, she made a number of films, including one for Volker Schlondorff, Coup de Grace. The stories she told about theater in Berlin in the '20s inspired Schlondorff to make this short documentary. Valeska's dances are re-created for the screen by Pola Kinski, and her sharp-tongued reminiscences betray little reverence for sacred cows such as Marlene Dietrich or Conrad Veidt.