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As artistically brilliant as it is gleefully perverse, Foolish Wives is Erich von Stroheim's epic-scale account of an American diplomat's wife (Mrs. Dupont) who falls under the spell of a phony Russian Count (von Stroheim). With his trademark eye for visual metaphor and gritty detail, von Stroheim infuses the artistocratic splendor of Monte Carlo (rebuilt in all its majesty on the Universal backlot) with an air of moral depravity. The result is a Grimm's fairy tale romance that is no less fascinating today than it was 80 years ago. The Man You Loved To Hate blends revealing interviews, rare photographs, and clips from von Stroheim's legendary and lesser-known works to create a fascinating tribute to one of American cinema's most complex artists. Written by Richard Koszarski with music by Herbert Deutsch.

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Special Features: Audio commentary by von Stroheim biographer Richard Koszarski Original 1922 Sigmund Romberg score, performed by Rodney Sauer New York Censor Board cuts Gallery of production stills A note on the films by von Stroheim Audio clips of Valerie von Stroheim and Paul Kohner

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KI363 Man You Loved To Hate/Foolish Wives DVD (1922/1979/documentary on Erich Von Stroheim) $29.95 $24.99