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RENE CLAIR-4b - not for us a lucky scene,' 1 hfe may observe...
not for us a lucky scene,' 1 hfe may observe affer a bad tak'e. "Again, please." Often he gets what he wants on the first or second try. Ho mentally assembles the completed picture as he goes along, and;there is scarcely a foot of waste in the cutting room. Apple a Day Keeps Boredom Away. He is not much given to joking, but one day he arranged a rib that left Miss Dietrich gasping. There was an especially difficult scene in which the star opened a door to face Roland Young and an armload of roses, and everything depended on her manner and expression. Clair gave her a long explanation of the complicated mood he wanted. It was a scene, he said, "that called for every . nuance: she must appear high-born, yet yielding; reticent and shy, and yet a little eager. Pretty soon, in an atmosphere taut with the importance of her effort, effort, they were ready to try it. Miss Dietrich opened the door. Standing outside, totally unimpressed by her histrionics, was a dispirited old horse. When she had recovered from that one, tho actress got a measure of revenge by ribbing Glair's apple- eating routine. At exactly 11 o'clock each morning, the director must have an apple, which he munches with the speed and sound effects of a chef chopping celery. She arranged arranged to have everyone on the stage, and even the electricians in the catwalks overhead, secretly supplied with apples. The whole company took a bite when Clair did, and the noise was something like a rock crusher at work.

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

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