By Jere Van Dyk
Jere Van Dyk was once at the mistaken facet of the border. He and 3 Afghan publications had crossed into the tribal parts of Pakistan, the place no Westerner had ventured for years, hoping to arrive the house of an area chieftain via dusk. yet then a dozen armed males in black turbans seemed over the crest of a hill.
Captive is Van Dyk's searing account of his forty-five days in a Taliban legal, and it really is gripping and terrifying within the culture of the simplest felony literature. the most motion occurs in one room, bring to an end from the skin international, the place Van Dyk feels he can belief nobody—not his jailers, now not his courses (who he fears can have betrayed him), and positively now not the charismatic Taliban chief whose fleeting appearances hold the desire of redemption in addition to the possibility of fast, violent demise.
Van Dyk went to the tribal parts to enquire the demanding situations dealing with the USA there. His tale is of a deeper, extra own problem, an unforgettable story of human endurance.
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In the place of pasty masks, faces in relief, plastic and deep-eyed. Instead of scenery which meant nothing, an emotionalized background that would transfer itself into my foreground. Instead of saccharine characters, sober figures moving in rhythm. . ” As a fi rst step, he rowed out to the dredge perched on a barge in San Pedro harbor and persuaded the operators to let him shoot there. Meanwhile, a cast and crew were rounded up. Cinematographer Eddie Gheller, though moderately experienced, probably acted mainly as 41 Von Sternberg the camera operator, given von Sternberg’s intimate knowledge of fi lm lighting.
That he had become just another cog in Louis B. Mayer’s machine was emphasized when he was ordered to line up with every other director and technician to be photographed for a promotional fi lm celebrating the studio’s concentration of talent. He stands glowering at the camera, smoldering cigarette in hand. But predictably, he is at the shoulder of his hero, who, in duster and floppy driving cap, looks like he’s on his way to a spin in the country. While waiting for his fi rst assignment, von Sternberg drove to the studio every day with Robert Florey, who had become his assistant.
Was he genuinely impressed? Probably not. He invested no money himself, and after the fi lm went on general release in February 1925, he distanced himself, leaving his partners in United Artists, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, holding the bag. ”5 46 A Genuine Genius I don’t think Josef von Sternberg is working anywhere. I think he’s a genuine genius again. —Walter Winchell, 1926 WITH UNITED ARTISTS BACKING it, The Salvation Hunters looked like the salvation of everyone involved. Georgia Hale became Chaplin’s mistress, then his leading lady in The Gold Rush.