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Quote of the Day: An Innocent Question

Posted in FILM with tags , , on September 29, 2008 by dcairns

When Robert Siodmak returned to Germany after his very successful stint in Hollywood during and after the war, he scored some more successes, but also had a share of problematic pictures. In 1968 he took on his last project, a two-part epic called KAMPF UM ROM, a toga-filled epic “in Ultrascope and Eastmancolor, with actors from ten different nations and a ‘colossal’ budget of ten million Deutschemarks.”

It was not a happy shoot.

Interviewed by a journalist, Siodmak was asked the standard press-pack question, “Why did you choose to make this project?”

Reply: “That’s a question I ask myself every morning.”

Quotes from the magisterial study Robert Siodmak, by Deborah Lazaroff Alpi.