In Uniform

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:
In Uniform

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Von Stenberg's training films attracted attention. He maintained an impression of creative dominance, and held script conferences or auditions in secret, locking the doors and permitting no one to enter or leave. Nobody was allowed to make the slightest noise on the set. Von Stenberg banned watches, claiming that their ticking distracted him. Food and drink were also forbidden. These rules were quite common among European directors such as Max Reinhardt; if a visitor did not respectfully remove his hat, Reinhardt would snatch it off his head and throw it into the wings.

Keywords: dominance; conferences; auditions; European; Reinhardt

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Subjects: Film

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