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John Baxter

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813126012

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813126012.001.0001

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Three Sheets to the Wind

Three Sheets to the Wind

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(p.55) Three Sheets to the Wind
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Von Sternberg
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John Baxter

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813126012.003.0011

The promise of Chaplin's near-limitless resources and prestige seemed to von Sternberg to be the answer to his every prayer. But people still argue over the part played by Chaplin in the conception and eventual destruction of what became A Woman of the Sea. A Dickensian spirit was intended to pervade the film—a point that, Grierson insists, was made clear to von Sternberg before work began. If this is correct, von Sternberg either failed to grasp Chaplin's wishes or ignored them—more likely the latter, since it would not be the last time he acted so autocratically.

Keywords:   Chaplin, prestige, destruction, conception, Grierson

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