Rivals

A four-part documentary about four female “rivals.” The films enlighten, pose questions and clarify the relationship between the “rivals.” Light is shed on the rivalry of Princess Diana and Camilla, Empress Soraya and Farah Diba, the opera singer Maria Callas and Jackie Kennedy as well as Hitler’s women Magda Goebbels and Eva Braun.
Part 1: Diana and Camilla
Part 2: Soraya and Farah Diba
Part 3: Jackie Kennedy and Maria Callas
Part 4: Magda Goebbels and Eva Braun

Date of Broadcast: from 11.7.2006, each on Tuesdays at 8.15 p.m.
Broadcasting Station: ZDF

Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Diana fights against the „Rottweil“, as she calls Camilla. They both court the same man, influence, appreciation and power.

Empress Soraya and Shah Reza Pahlewi of Persia are the perfect glamour-couple. But there is no heir for the throne. A year after the divorce, the Shah marries Farah Diba.

How do Maria Callas and Jackie Kennedy construct their relationships to Onassis? Jackie loved the money, the publicity and her children. Callas is a hysteric and irascible woman, who needs his appreciation in order to survive.

Magda Goebbels is Hitler’s „First Lady“. The leader must not commit himself to someone. Magda Goebbels agrees to marry Dr. Goebbels because it is the only way to remain close to the leader. Behind the scene, the secret lover Eva brown is waiting. In the leader’s bunker a decision is made about the fate of the two rivals and the leader’s favour: Eva Braun and Adolf Hitler get married. After this, both couples commit suicide.