Arthur LennigISBN: 0813190444;
Book DescriptionErich von Stroheim (1885-1957) was one of the true giants in American film history. Stubborn, arrogant, and colorful, he saw himself as a cinema artist, which led to numerous conflicts with producers and studio executives who complained about the inflated budgets and extraordinary length of his films. Stroheim achieved great notoriety and success, but he was so uncompromising that he turned his triumph into failure. He was banned from ever directing again and spent the remainder of his life as an actor. For years Stroheim?s life has been wreathed in myths, many of his own devising. Arthur Lennig scoured European and American archives for details concerning the life of the actor and director, and he counters several long-acceptedand oft-repeated claims. Stroheim?s tales of military experience are almost completely fictitious; the ?von? in his name was an affectation adopted at Ellis Island in 1909; and, counter to his own claim, he did not...
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