Peter Noble (essay date 1950)
SOURCE: "Stroheim, Sex and Symbolism," in Hollywood Scapegoat: The Biography of Erich von Stroheim, The Fortune Press, 1950, pp. 82-92.
[In the following essay, Noble examines Stroheim's portrayal of sexuality.]
Thanks to Stroheim the women and young girls of America learned to prefer the slick, insolent archdukes, whose kisses burned like the lash of a whip, to the bucolic American heroes. He was the true creator of a sophisticated cinema.
[Herman Weinberg in Film Art (Spring 1937)]
Foolish Wives is an insult to every American … Stroheim has...
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