Speaking of Stroheim, i was watching the reconstruction of Queen Kelly the other day, and noticed in the african sequences, with the Pimp Lord, Stroheim was doing something Welles later did with Glenn Anders in Lady from Shanghai - those grotesque closeups of the sweaty human face.
Nothing as splendiferous as the European sequences in Queen Kelly was seen again until Kubrick's Barry Lyndon, IMO. I think Kubrick and Stoheim have more than a little in common. Both strived (sic?) for perfection, both laboured on each project and exposed an inordinate amount of celluloid in order to achieve the perfect final product. Both also tried for as much realism as possible, if not always in performances, in details like set construction, costumes and period detail. All this is up for dispute, no doubt, but the comparison at least is interesting.
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