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Queen Kelly: The Complete Screenplay Erich Von Stroheim by Bret Wood

Queen Kelly: The Complete Screenplay

Erich Von Stroheim by Bret Wood

Published October 28th 2002
ISBN : 9780810843929
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A view into the creative process of one of the most talented figures of American cinema. When production began in 1928, writer/director Erich von Stroheim predicted the silent epic Queen Kelly would be a great achievement. Within a few weeks,MoreA view into the creative process of one of the most talented figures of American cinema. When production began in 1928, writer/director Erich von Stroheim predicted the silent epic Queen Kelly would be a great achievement. Within a few weeks, however, the film was behind schedule, over budget, and filled with scenes of such frank eroticism and moral depravity that it was doubtful the film could ever pass the censors. With the film only partially completed, a frustrated and disgusted producer/star Gloria Swanson eventually shut down production. The demise of Queen Kelly marked the turning point in the career of one of silent cinemas greatest directors, who would never be given another filmmaking opportunity of this scale. In addition to the 230-page shooting script, this work also includes 90 pages from an earlier draft. The original ending is dramatically different from the final version and had been discarded and rewritten by Stroheim in an effort to cut costs during production.