, the director made specific requests to shoot Vivien's scene both with and without her fearing that she would not last until the end of the shooting and wanted to make sure they had everything covered.
Accompanying the screening was a recently produced fifty-two minute documentary, Francesco Patierno's The War of the Volcanoes, which explored the making of Stromboli and William Dieterle
's Volcano (1950), an attempt by Anna Magnani to rival her former lover's project.
Adorno, Brecht, Charlie Chaplin, Harold Clurman, Jules Dassin, William Dieterle
, Max Horkheimer, Herb Kline, Fritz Lang, Odets, Max Reinhardt, Jean Renoir, and Schoenberg.
Directed by William Dieterle
, whose masterpiece is the dreamlike "The Devil and Daniel Webster," "Tennessee Johnson" is notable for the campaign of repression waged against it: Vincent Price, Zero Mostel, and Ben Hecht, among others, petitioned the Office of War Information to destroy the film in the interest of national unity.
The attraction of Holywood before 1933 that brought Marlene Dietrich, Vicki Baum, and William Dieterle
to California is not mentioned.
BenetAAEs story, previously brought to the screen in an Oscar-winning 1941 version directed by William Dieterle
, follows a luckless New Hampshire farmer named Jabez Stone, whose fortunes improve markedly after he signs a contract with a certain Mr Scratch.
One of the first gems his research unearths is that Max Reinhardt had initially dreamed of casting Charlie Chaplin as Bottom, Greta Garbo as Titania, Gary Cooper as Lysander, Clark Gable as Demetrius, Joan Crawford as Helena, Myrna Loy as Hermia and, best of all, Fred Astaire as Puck for the film of A Midsummer Night's Dream he eventually made with William Dieterle
. Jackson also puts to rest the misinformation begun by the underground filmmaker Kenneth Anger himself (perpetuated by many including this reviewer) that Anger played the Little Indian Boy in the Warner Brothers Dream by definitively revealing that the part was played by Sheila Brown.
He claims he played the Changeling Prince in the 1935 film of A Midsummer Night's Dream shot by renowned German theater director Max Reinhardt and William Dieterle
on a shimmering soundstage that recalls the forest in Anger's own Rabbit's Moon.
Nearly all of the major Hollywood pictures about WWI aviators made in the late '20s and early '30s--Wellman's "Wings" and "Legion of the Condemned," Hawks' "The Dawn Patrol," Howard Hughes' "Hell's Angels," William Dieterle
's unduly neglected "The Last Flight"--underline the bitter fatalism of these warriors who, while the most glamorous figures in uniform, had a life expectancy once they started flying of three to six weeks.
I'm sure I've seen lots of these, though at the moment I can only think of Garson Kanin's They Knew What They Wanted (1940), William Dieterle
's Love Letters (1945) and Victor Saville's Green Dolphin Street (1947), in which Carole Lombard, Jennifer Jones and Lana Turner respectively married the wrong man but in each case everyone ends up properly partnered.