Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Kelly's Zeros

Here's to genius, obsessive and crazy,
and that's never complacent or lazy
Extravagant masters
creating disasters,
whose diff'rence from triumphs seems hazy

Midway through Eric von Stroheim's Queen Kelly ( 1928) the producers
shut it down. Maybe it was because it was wildly over budget, or that they
feared its twisted content would incur censorship. Perhaps the coming of
sound gave them a good excuse to pull the plug. In any case, von Stroheim's
directing career never fully recovered. (top i
mage: Dr. Macro)
You can watch an amazingly perverse clip from the film on YouTube, here

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