American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Stroheim, Erich von 1885-1957. Austrian-born American actor and director who is best known for his roles in La Grande Illusion (1937) and Sunset Boulevard (1950).
- n. United States film actor (born in Austria) (1885-1957)
“To achieve this, Thalberg successfully challenged the power of the director, notably via his run-ins with volatile control freak Erich von Stroheim.”
“The cast includes John Goodman as a cigar-chomping producer, and James Cromwell as George's loyal chauffeur; he's the counterpart to the Erich von Stroheim character in "Sunset Boulevard.”
“And another year, Fay Wray introduced The Wedding March, which she made for Erich von Stroheim.”
“Tournages: Paris-Berlin-Hollywood, 1910-1939" shows the masters of early cinema at work in their respective cities, including Abel Gance, Jean Renoir, Rene Clair, Erich von Stroheim, D.W. Griffith and Cecil B.”
“Tiki Oasis co-founder Baby Doe von Stroheim curated the show.”
“La Grande illusion" ( "Grand Illusion," 1937) powerfully captures the shared humanity of men including a working-class prisoner of war determined to break free (Jean Gabin), his aristocratic comrade (Pierre Fresnay) and their chivalrous captor (Erich von Stroheim).”
“Erich von Stroheim (center), Jean Gabin (second from right), and Pierre Fresnay (third from right)”
“The film is strong in theme, unrelentingly grim in execution—von Stroheim would have taken a human life in order to direct the Zolaesque story.”
“DeMille, victim of a continuous commercial success that has deprived him of that aura of failure which allows one to assess the films of Stroheim, for example.”
“After the innovative comedies of divorce came a period that might be termed romantic evangelism, in which DeMille touched on some of the closely observed moral squalor of von Stroheim, taking care to sugarcoat the realism that Americans always equate with pessimism by applying moralistic overtones.”
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