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Came the Dawn

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/9780813126012.003.0015
Came the Dawn

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Underworld's success appeared astonishing when von Sternberg sailed for Germany in 1929 to make The Blue Angel. Hollywood regarded his career as almost over. Although his many clashes with management contributed, his fall was mostly due to the impact of talking pictures. Von Sternberg's decline began with The Last Command, which won favorable reviews but little profit. He showed no alarm at his failures, even boasting to visitors on the set of his next film, The Docks of New York, that his prestige remained as high as ever. The tone of Docks of New York is characteristically gentle, almost feminine. Even the violence is handled playfully.

Keywords: Underworld; Germany; prestige; clashes; violence

Chapter.  3701 words. 

Subjects: Film

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