Steven Bach

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Steven Bach (April 29, 1938 – March 25, 2009)[1][2] was a writer and lecturer on film and a former senior vice-president and head of worldwide productions for United Artists studios.

While at United Artists, he was closely involved in the troublesome production and release of Heaven's Gate (1980). He wrote a book about the ordeal, called Final Cut: Art, Money, and Ego in the Making of Heaven's Gate, the Film That Sank United Artists.

In 1990, he was a member of the jury at the 40th Berlin International Film Festival.[3]

Bach is the author of The Life and Legend of Marlene Dietrich and Dazzler: The Life and Times of Moss Hart. His biography of the Nazi-associated filmmaker Leni: The Life and Work of Leni Riefenstahl (2007) overturns many of the claims Riefenstahl put forward in her self-defence regarding her contact with Hitler's regime, and was named by The New York Times as one of the best books of 2007.[4] He taught film studies at Columbia University and Bennington College.

Bach died of cancer in March 2009. He is survived by his companion, Werner Röhr.[1]



  1. ^ a b Grimes, William (March 27, 2009). "Steven Bach, Producer, Biographer and Memoirist, Dies at 70". The New York Times. Retrieved March 28, 2009. 
  2. ^ Abramowitz, Rachel (March 31, 2009). "Steven Bach dies at 70; United Artists executive, author". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 31, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Berlinale: 1990 Juries". Retrieved 2011-03-14. 
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