Autocratic directors like the martinet Cecil B. DeMille and the idiosyncratic Eric Von Stroheim are highlighted in this episode. DeMille's films were sex-filled and very popular while Von Stroheim's were needlessly costly and self indulgent. DeMille went on to great success in the sound era while Von Stroheim's directorial career was over by the end of the Twenties. Written by
Did You Know?
If one producer ever symbolized Hollywood, it was Cecil B. DeMille.
The Merry Widow Waltz
Composed by Franz Lehár
Played during clips from Von Stroheim's "The Merry Widow" film. See more