With Eisenstein in Hollywood: A chapter of autobiography including the scenarios of Sutter's Gold and An American TragedyIvor MontaguInternational Publishers / 1974 / out of print / second edition / paperback / 4.8 x 7.8 in / 356 pp / b+w / eng / ISBN: 9780717802203 / weight: 9.6 ozCondition: very good, tight binding, minor shelf wear on edges, interior clean and unmarked
Description:In the Spring of 1930 Paramount Pictures offered Russian director Sergei Eisenstein the chance to make a film in Hollywood. Accepting the studio's $100,000 contract, Eisenstein proposed a few scenarios—a biography of munitions tycoon Sir Basil Zaharoff—a film version of Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw, a film of Jack London's book Sutter's Gold—none of which impressed the studio brass. Paramount suggested a film adaptation of Dreiser's An American Tragedy for which Eisenstein delivered a screenplay in the Fall of 1930. Paramount rejected the script. This was the least of Eisenstein's problems. The director became the target of an anti-communist public campaign and was forced to return to Moscow. Fortunately, British writer-director Ivor Montagu kept a diary of the whole affair, including Eisenstein's subsequent odyssey in Mexico. With Eisenstein in Hollywood includes Montagu's diary along with photos, sketches, and the film scenarios for Sutter's Gold and An American Tragedy.
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