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The War at Home

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/9780813126012.003.0029
The War at Home

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Someone like von Sternberg or any person of foreign extraction in Hollywood, who had lived there for years, needed to be careful about his or her friends. Austrians and Germans were routinely suspect, and Clair attracted attention because the American authorities destructed all those who did not declare themselves antifascist—something many exiles hesitated to do, particularly if family of friends remained in Nazi territory. Von Sternberg attracted the attention of the FBI by protesting the construction of a military airport near his Chatsworth home, but he satisfied the Bureau that his objections were based entirely on the noise potential. He volunteered to give information about the writer and was interviewed by the FBI on June 16, 1942.

Keywords: extraction; Clair; antifascist; exiles; construction

Chapter.  4195 words. 

Subjects: Film

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