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RENE CLAIR-4a - Hollywood By PAUL HARRISON NEA Service Staff...
Hollywood By PAUL HARRISON NEA Service Staff Correspondent. HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 17.—A little reluctantly, apparently, Miss Marlene Marlene Dietrich is giving the performance performance of her life in a picture called "The Flame of New Orleans." La Flamme, you might say, is burning brightly. It's no secret that she was unhappy about the choice of a director, Rene Clair, and a leading leading man, Bruce Cabot. She had other other preferences in both cases, and Miss Dietrich is very choosey indeed indeed about everything that goes on in connection with her pictures. Unless Unless restrained, she will boss the direction, direction, the cinematography, the still pictures and the publicity. "Rudy," she will say to Rudolph Mate, a celebrated Cameraman, "that dinky" (pointing to a small spotlight) "should be tilted here, to strike me so. And with a filter, Rudy." Ever since her apprenticeship apprenticeship under Josef von Sternberg she has been convinced that she knows more about lighting technique than anybody else in town. She poses her own still pictures by arranging herself herself before a large mirror. So far as I know, she is just about the only actress who wouldn't be happy to relax in the cinematic embrace of the romantic, reformed heavy, Cabot. And Rene Clair, so far as Hollywood is concerned, is the most important by-product of Hitler's romp into France. It's a pleasure to watch Glair's handling of dramatic and other situations. He brought no soft soap with him on his flight from Paris. Handling Dietrich a Fine Art. Most of Miss Dietrich's directors have spoiled her with praise. "That was wonderful—wonderful!" they'd say after a scene. "But, darling it was TOO good—a little too fine shading for movie audiences. Now let's try it again with more emphasis." emphasis." During the filming of "Destry Rides Again," George Marshall got results by handling her with unnecessary unnecessary toughness. "Come on!" he'd bark. "Dpn't give me any of that old Dietrich art. You're just a leading leading lady in a western now." This treatment was so novel that the actress actress was amused. The French director offers little praise or criticism. He says what he has to say in front of the entire company, without leading the star aside for quiet instruction. He seldom seldom shows irritation. "That was

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  1. The Rhinelander Daily News,
  2. 17 Feb 1941, Mon,
  3. Page 4

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