Yesterday I was watching a film that I have to analysize for. It’s called Sunset Boulevard and a very intriguing film. It’s sort of a little disturbing actually but overall has a nice last shot of this lady giving a creepy stare into the camera as the ending. Very good!
That’s when I discovered of Eric Von Stroheim, a famous director of the silent era. He starred in this film as a butler. He was mentioned during our screenwriting class but I almost missed him until I saw his name in the credits. He was infamous for his film Greed which he cut into a 9 hour film. 9 HOURS! MGM then edited it down to 2 hours. The remaining footages were destroyed due to a careless janitor who were cleaning up a vault and thought they were not important film rolls and threw them into the incinerator. The movie flopped and made losses. It was the most expensive movie to be made at that time. It is known to be the most famous "lost films" in cinema history but considered as the greatest films ever! It was sooo long because he insisted on directing it in it’s original authentic book form, completely detailed.
I thought he was an interesting fella. Imagine having 10 hours of footage and then cutting it to become 9 hours. Who is watching a 9 hour film?? Amazing… haha. Gives me the chuckles but respect as well. No wonder he is named as one of the great early directors as well.