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Fun In a Chinese Laundry Paperback – August 27, 1987
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Joseph Von Sternberg is rated in the pantheon of great directors of this era. His signature work, THE BLUE ANGEL, elevated Marlena Dietrich to stardom and ranks high among the all-time movies.
Here, he looks back from approaching old age at his career and his Hollywood experiences. The reading is difficult. Mr. Von Sternberg wrote in a very formal verse to express himself. Some passages take two or three readings (at least to my meager comprehension) to grasp what he was trying to say.
He speaks of many of his contemporaries and many of the folks he directed. Not all of what he says is congratulatory. He also alternately plays the humble immigrant and the large ego director.
Mr Von Sternberg clearly lived a remarkable life, woven around the nascent movie industry, and garnered tremendous respect through his immortal accomplishments.
I would not discourage any movie historian from reading this, it is a look at a brilliant mind, and a man speaking of a wondrous time. But, have patience while sifting through his story, and take an above average amount of time while moving through this autobiography.