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Josef von Sternberg: The Case of Lena Smith

Josef von Sternberg: The Case of Lena Smith

Josef von Sternberg: The Case of Lena Smith

Edited by Alexander Horwath and Michael Omasta

"These images show that Sternberg was already at the absolute zenith of his shimmery mise-en-scène powers...and that should be enough to embolden readers to plummet into these dreamy pages with the conviction they're going to a better place."—Guy Maddin, Film Comment

"A must for any serious film library."—H-Net

"The treasure trove goes on and on, attractively and cleanly displayed."—Sight & Sound

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 and essays by eminent film historians, the book reconstructs Sternberg’s drama about a young woman fighting the oppressive class system of Imperial Vienna. It also includes essays by Janet Bergstrom, Gero Gandert, Franz Grafl, Alexander Horwath, Hiroshi Komatsu and Michael Omasta, a preface by Meri von Sternberg, as well as contemporary reviews and excerpts from Viennese literature of the era.

304 pages
Osterreichisches Filmmuseum, 2008
Text in English and German
7 x 1.3 x 8 inches
ISBN 9783901644221
Film, Photography, Biography, Criticism

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