Erich von Stroheim Retrospective

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Foolish Wives© BIFI / DR
"Stroheim's work blends sordid naturalism with a kind of desperate romanticism in a curious way. In an art made up of violence and rage, it brings a sense of fictional narrative and of a lasting psychological quality." (Jean Mitry)

Erich von Stroheim, a fascinating actor and extraordinary director, created his own legend, giving himself an aristocratic background and deciding to act on screen as he did in life. Thus he embodied the archetypal Prussian officer: rigid, haughty, sardonic and pleasure seeking.
As an actor, he appeared in over sixty films.
Between 1919 and 1928, he directed twelve disturbing films, treating immoral subjects and taboos openly and without complacency. Wearying of so much subversion and huge expenditure, the American studios put an end to his filming.
His French career started in 1936 with a less brutal approach, portraying resigned characters, bearing the heavy burden of the past...

The auditorium will pay tribute to all aspects of his great talent, which, from Folies de femmes (1921) to Boulevard du Crépuscule (1950) is always remembered by film buffs.

Detailed programme in the French version of the website

In association with the 36th edition of the Festival International du Film de La Rochelle

Festival Internationa du Film de La Rochelle

13 - 29 March 2009
Musée d'Orsay

auditorium level -2

Festival International de la Rochelle
36th edition
27 June - 7 July 2008
Tribute to film directors Von Stroheim and Von Sternberg (silent films)


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