Steven Bach was senior vice-president and head of worldwide productions for United Artists studios. In *Final Cut: Dreams And Disaster in the Making of Heaven's Gate* (1985), Bach chronicles his involvement in the troubled production of *Heaven's Gate* (1980), a film widely considered to have been the decisive reason for the financial bankruptcy of United Artists. Bach is the author of *The Life and Legend of Marlene Dietrich and Dazzler: The Life and Times of Moss Hart*. He taught film studies at Columbia University and Bennington College. 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 most notable books of 2007. Bach died after a brief illness in March of 2009. He was survived by his companion, Werner Rohr.
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