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Erich von Stroheim

Director

“‎Lubitsch shows you the king on his throne, and then in the bedroom. I show you the king in his bedroom first so you know what kind of man he really is when you see him on the throne.”

 

Biography

The son of a Jewish hat manufacturer, born in Vienna, Erich Oswald Von Stroheim moved from running his father’s factory to the pinnacle of the Hollywood community as a director, only to fall hard due to his extravagant approach to filmmaking and end up as a peripheral figure. Von Stroheim came to America during the first decade of the twentieth century and supported himself in various jobs before coming to Hollywood in 1914. He was a bit player in several films, and became a member of D.W. Griffith’s stock company, parlaying his experience as a bit player into a job as assistant director and military advisor (he had served briefly in the Austro-Hungarian Army) — he moved into greater prominence in 1917 with American entry into World War I, portraying villainous Prussian officers. He moved into the director’s chair at Universal, where he proved a virtual one-man show at first, providing original story, deigning sets, and starring in several of his own films. He quickly showed a talent… read more

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Nino Lasso

8Aug11

A misunderstood master, a true artist ahead of his time, nearly all his works were cut away from their original purpose and ideal conditions. Few filmmakers are able to turn a frivolous romance into a fine piece of craftmanship and lovely labor.

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Neil Bahadur

16Jul10

They didn't forget him though, and that's worth more than "making a film."

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Robert Regan

21Jun10

When you read the quotation above, keep in mind that Stroheim lived in France for many years, during which he was able to make zero films. Yes, they gave him the Legion d'honneur, but they didn't let him work.

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    Robert Regan

    6Sep11

    Glad you liked my comment. I get really pissed off when people blame everything on the US. I know only too well that my country is far from perfect, but others are not always in a position to throw stones. Europe didn't do anything for Orson Welles, either.

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    Robert Regan

    21Nov11

    There are people in this country, Silence, who seem to think that every other country on earth is superior, especially France. I haven't found a perfect country yet. Until I do, I'll settle for the one where I was born and raised, whatever faults it may have.

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    chanandre

    2Jan13

    Not quite Robert. They did gave them both shelter. Should they be blamed for not having set up film opportunities for both? I mean, no they're not perfect but they were American filmmakers, who chose France to live and at least they were respected for what they have done, how many films were co-produced in/by France in Welles career? Many. As for Stroheim you may be right but France is known for loving all directors and for creating the best chances for even the renegades (American and otherwise) to create as freely as they can. France is not heaven tho, France is not a perfect country, nor is USA or Portugal no one is trowing stones at the US the point is that some of us are pissed at the way mainstream american film studios treated some film geniii that's all. No one's perfect. That being said the country where Pedro Costa is most appreciated is undoubtedly the USA, so I rest my case. There's room for all of us. Americans, French, Portuguese, Martians.

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    Robert Regan

    2Jan13

    Right you are, Andre.

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Sam Booth

23Apr10

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