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Michael CurtizA Life in Film$
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Alan K. Rode

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813173917

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813173917.001.0001

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City of Film

City of Film

(p.39) 6 City of Film
Michael Curtiz

Alan K. Rode

University Press of Kentucky

Kertész began making increasingly more ambitious films under the guidance and financing of Count Kolowrat, a millionaire technocrat and businessman who became the godfather of Austrian film. Kertész also made Lucy Doraine into a movie star.Their marriage, however, was crumbling under the weight of Kertész’s serial infidelities.He engaged in a lengthy affair with MathildeFoerster, who became the mother of his son Michael in 1920.He barely acknowledged the birth of his son and refused to let fatherhood interfere with his passion for filmmaking.He made a series of films that includedMrs. Tutti-Frutti, Duchess Satanella, The Terror Road,and The Lady of the Black Glove; thesefeaturedDoraine in roles that reflected the cinematic perspective of women as tragic vamps.Kertész began preproduction on one of the great silent epics,Sodom undGomorrha (1922).

Keywords:   Austrian cinema, Count Kolowrat, Sascha-Film, MathildeFoerster, Lucy Doraine

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