MERRY-GO-ROUND (Erich von Stroheim, Rupert Julian, 1923)

Irving Thalberg was Erich von Stroheim’s nemesis; he decimated Stroheim’s work first at one Hollywood studio and then at another. Thalberg, in my opinion, did not die young enough.      Fate, equipped with gleeful abandon, determines the merry-go-round of life. Disparate status and power, including victimization and sadistic cruelty; romance and also unrequited love: everything falls […]