Falling in Love Again

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:
Falling in Love Again

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The U.S. stock market crashed and the Great Depression began on October 29, 1929. Von Sternberg's hostility and Marlene Dietrich's passive acceptance of it fueled their relationship. To adore a woman and to have her, in return, admire him and cater to his every sexual whim, yet feel no love, gratified his most profound masochistic desires. Frederica Sagor, no friend of von Sternberg either, shrewdly assessed their attraction. Von Sternberg's sexual weakness was something that she, in her sophistication and worldly outlook on life, could handily take care of.

Keywords: hostility; whim; masochistic desires; sophistication; attraction

Chapter.  4842 words. 

Subjects: Film

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