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Emil Anton Bundmann | Anthony Bundsmann | Anton Mann
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[on Erich von Stroheim
] He drove me mad. He was a genius. I'm not a genius; I'm a worker. Geniuses sometimes end up very unhappy, without a penny. That's what happened to Erich--and Preston Sturges
In Hollywood from 1939, Mann began as an assistant director at Paramount. Promoted to director, he began by turning out low-budget thrillers and films noir for studios like Republic, Eagle-Lion (formerly PRC) and RKO (1945-46). He was at MGM from 1949-51, but eventually made his breakthrough at Universal with a series of uncompromisingly tough, "psychological" westerns starring James Stewart
Liked to experiment with widescreen "scope" aspect ratios by placing major action on both the far left and right edges of the frame, often in the same shot.