An Artist’s Life

John Baxter

in Von Sternberg

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780813126012
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135601 | DOI:
An Artist’s Life

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Von Sternberg's life in Vienna ended in 1908, when Moses, who became a U.S. citizen in 1906, decided that the family should rejoin him in the United States. He had found steady work in the clothing business. His naturalization application lists his profession as “furrier” and the 1910 census as “lace worker.” Fiction did not figure in Von Sternberg's curriculum, which favored philosophy, history, and particularly art. His first discovery about cinema was his most important. Von Sternberg defined art as “the compression of infinite spiritual power into a confined space,” and his particular skill was bringing his subjects into “a dramatic encounter with light.”

Keywords: Vienna; naturalization; furrier; fiction; philosophy

Chapter.  1352 words. 

Subjects: Film

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