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A Genuine Genius

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813126012.003.0010
A Genuine Genius

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Von Sternberg worked on the scenario with Alice D. G. Miller, daughter of the better-known Alice Duer Miller. With Florey as “technical adviser,” von Sternberg tried to instill some French atmosphere into the film. Although they visited Quebec to scout locations, MGM insisted on recycling a chateau set left over from 1923's In the Palace of the King. The rest was shot in a village mocked up on the back lot. Von Sternberg did his best to personalize the sets, pasting up posters and daubing walls with graffiti. He went public on August 12, 1925 in the Los Angeles Times. He was given very little choice in the selection of his story or the cast. With time on his hands, he continued writing.

Keywords: Von Sternberg; scenario; Quebec; posters; graffiti

Chapter.  2812 words. 

Subjects: Film

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