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Von Sternberg
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Von Sternberg

John Baxter

Abstract

Belligerent and evasive, Josef von Sternberg chose to ignore his illegitimate birth in Austria, deprived New York childhood, abusive father, and lack of education. The director who strutted onto the set in a turban, riding breeches, or a silk robe embraced his new persona as a world traveller, collected modern art, drove a Rolls Royce, and earned three times as much as the president. This book traces the choices that carried the unique director from poverty in Vienna to power in Hollywood, including his eventual ostracism in Japan. It reveals an artist few people knew: the aesthete who transfo ... More

Keywords: Josef von Sternberg, illegitimate birth, New York, Hollywood, Vienna, sexuality, film, cinema, director

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780813126012
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813126012.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Baxter, author