Foolish Wives

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United States/1922
Erich von Stroheim

Synopsis

Con artist Karamzin masquerades as Russian nobility and lives off the money he scams from rich ladies who are attracted by his charms and his title. Having set up shop in Monte Carlo, he and his partners in crime pick their next target: the wife of an American diplomat.

Режија / Director
Erich von Stroheim

Сценарио / Screenplay
Erich von Stroheim

Директори фотографије / Directors of Photography
William H. Daniels
Ben F. Reynolds
Монтажа / Film Editing
Arthur Ripley

Продуценти / Producers
Carl Laemmle
Erich von Stroheim

Улоге / Cast
Erich von Stroheim
Miss DuPont
Maude George

Трајање / Duration
142’ 

Сједињене Државе 1922 /  United States 1922

Erich von Stroheim
Director's Biography
Erich von Stroheim
Erich von Stroheim (Vienna, 1885 — Paris, 1957) one of the most critically respected film directors of the 20th century, best known for the obsessive realism and accuracy of detail in his films. He won recognition as an actor, notably for his roles as monocled Prussian army officers. He also wrote screenplays. After coming to the United States in 1909 he worked as a stuntman, and then as an assistant director and an actor for D.W. Griffith in his films The Birth of a Nation (1915) and Intolerance (1916). Stroheim went on to write the script and act in Blind Husbands (1919), his own directorial debut. Stroheim’s reputation as a director was enhanced with The Devil’s Passkey (1920) and Foolish Wives (1922). Greed (1924) is considered Stroheim’s masterpiece. It was also a culmination of his many battles with studio executives, as the film was cut from its original 9-hour length without Stroheim’s approval. Although his subsequent films had moderate commercial success, Stroheim’s extravagance, his insistence on artistic freedom regardless of economic considerations, and his treatment of controversial subjects made him a notorious figure within the studio system. His Hollywood directing career effectively ended after Gloria Swanson, a star and financier of the film, fired him from Queen Kelly (1932) in the midst of shooting. Stroheim was banned for life as a director and subsequently became a well-respected character actor, particularly in French cinema. He appeared in fifty-two films for other directors and gave many distinguished performances. One of his notable characterizations was the iconic prison-camp commandant in Jean Renoir’s La Grande Illusion (1937). He reunited with Swanson in Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard (1950) that brought him an American Academy Award nomination for his supporting performance. Stroheim is today celebrated as one of the first auteur directors.