Josef von Sternberg: The Case of Lena Smith

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In his 1929 Hollywood production The Case of Lena Smith, director Josef von Sternberg vividly brought to life his youthful memories of Vienna at the turn of the last century. Critic Dwight Macdonald called it "the most completely satisfying American film I have seen". But only a short fragment survives - Lena Smith is one of the legendary lost masterpieces of the American cinema. Assembling 150 original stills and set designs, numerous script and production documents as well as essays by eminent film historians, ...
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Overview

In his 1929 Hollywood production The Case of Lena Smith, director Josef von Sternberg vividly brought to life his youthful memories of Vienna at the turn of the last century. Critic Dwight Macdonald called it "the most completely satisfying American film I have seen". But only a short fragment survives - Lena Smith is one of the legendary lost masterpieces of the American cinema. Assembling 150 original stills and set designs, numerous script and production documents as well as essays by eminent film historians, the book reconstructs Sternberg's dramatic film about a young woman fighting the oppressive class system of Imperial Vienna.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783901644221
  • Publisher: Austrian Film Museum
  • Publication date: 5/30/2008
  • Series: Austrian Film Museum Books Series
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Vienna, Where It All Began Meri von Sternberg von Sternberg, Meri 4

Working with Spirits. Traces of Sternberg: A Lost Film About the "City of My Dreams" Alexander Horwath Horwath, Alexander 9

The Sternberg Paradox: The Case of Lena Smith Janet Bergstrom Bergstrom, Janet 43

Eine Nacht im Prater [1929] Illustrierter Film-Kurier 83

Josef von Sternberg's The Case of Lena Smith: A Reconstruction 91

The Case of Lena Smith - A Fragment Komatsu Hiroshi Hiroshi, Komatsu 236

"He Too Has the Evil Eye". On the Reception of Josef von Sternberg and Lena Smith in the Weimar Republic Gero Gandert Gandert, Gero 245

Lena X. Josef von Sternberg's Film as Reviewed by French Critics Franz Grafl Grafl, Franz 256

Vienna Gals. Karl Adolph's Tochter and Jo Sternberg's Daughters of Vienna: Two Books, One Novel Michael Omasta Omasta, Michael 267

Appendix 281

Contributors 298

Acknowledgments 301

Illustrations 303

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