Charles Strickland abruptly leaves his wife and children. Not, as initially thought, to run away with another woman, but — even worse — to become a painter in Paris. Strickland’s stricken wife calls on a family friend, writer Geoffrey Wolfe, to track him down and persuade him to return home. Instead, Strickland throws himself into the life of the poverty stricken artist, begins an affair with the wife of a friend who nursed him back to health, and finally runs off to Tahiti to marry a local woman and find his artistic vision. —DVDverdict.com
Albert Lewin (1894–1968) was an American film director, producer, and screenwriter.
He was born in Brooklyn, New York on September 23, 1894 and raised in Newark, New Jersey. He earned a Master’s degree at Harvard and taught English at the University of Missouri. During World War I, he served in the military and was afterwards appointed assistant national director of the American Jewish Relief Committee. He later became a drama and film critic for the Jewish Tribune until the early 1920s, when he went to Hollywood to become a reader for Samuel Goldwyn. Later he worked as a script clerk for directors King Vidor and Victor Sjöström before becoming a screenwriter at MGM in 1924.
Lewin was appointed head of the studio’s script department and by the late 20s was Irving Thalberg’s personal assistant and closest associate. Nominally credited as an associate producer, he produced several of MGM’s most important films of the 1930s. After Thalberg’s death, he joined Paramount as… read more