Antwerp, Felix Open, Berlin discussed on Selected Shorts
Paris begins. Here It is the hat. At the age of 18. My mother embarked on a movie career in her native city of Antwerp. Until then, she had worked for the gas company and taken some elocution courses. But when the studio was built on the picking strapped at the initiative of a certain young Vanderheiden She walked in the door and was hired before long. A team had formed around Vanderheiden, who always used the same actors in the same crew. He oversaw both production and direction, and he shot his films in record time. The biggest rat studio was such a hive of activity that journalists called it. They AMP versus Hollywood's Hollywood of Antwerp. My mother was The very young lead actress and four Vanderheiden pictures he made the first two This man is an island and Johnson's versus painters over the course of 1939, the next to Johnson's and painters reconciled. And Good luck, Monique date from 1941. Three of the films or popular comedies set in Antwerp and made Vanderheiden as one critic. Put it of that time, the palm you'll of the shoulder. The fourth. Good luck. Monique was a musical. Buy them. The vendor heightened production company have been placed under German control, and my mother was sent for several weeks to Berlin, where she took a small part in really forced spell. I mean, In the year. 1939. My mother also signed a contract with Antwerp's Empire Theater. She was a showgirl. From June through December, They staged an adaptation of No, No, Nanette and my mother appeared in that then, starting in January, 1940 She was part of a current events review entitled Tomorrow will be better. She was at the center of the final tableau as the other show, Girls danced with Chamberlain umbrellas. My mother could be seen rising up in a basket, her head wreath and golden rays up up. She went And the rain stopped, the umbrellas came down. He was the image of the rising sun, whose light banished all the shadows of the coming year. From up in her basket, Mama. Waved to the audience. The orchestra played a medley. The curtain fell. Every time as a joke. The crew would leave her there in her basket, way up high in the dark. She lived. On the second floor of a little House. Near the key, Even dyke. One of her windows looked out over the shoulder and the riverside Promenade in the Big cafe. At the end, there was the Empire Theater. With a dressing room where she did her makeup every evening. There was the custom House. There were the streets along the waterfront. Report. And the docks. I see her crossing the avenue. As a street car rattles by its yellow light fizzling out in the fog. Now it is night. Steamers sound their horns. Wardrobe man at the Empire had grown fond of my mother and offered to service her manager. He was a jolly man with large horn rimmed glasses and very slow of speech, but by night at a cabaret in the Greek quarter frequented by sailors. He sang in a musical number as Madame Butterfly. According to him, the films of Vanderheiden charming and numerous, though they were Did not make an actress's career, My dear, you must think bigger. And as it happened, he knew a couple of important producers who were about to shoot a film. But we're still looking for a girl to play the second lead. He took my mother to meet them. These producers Turned out to be a man named Felix Open felled and his father known to everyone as open Feld, senior, a Berlin gem dealer. This often felt senior had retreated to Antwerp when Hitler seized power in Germany. Jewish businesses first came under threat. The sun, once ahead producer at the German movie studio terror film had found work in the United States. They liked my mother. They didn't even give her a screen test. They simply asked her to read a scene from the script right then and there, the movie had an English title swimmers and detectives. It had been written to spec for the young Dutch Olympic swimming champion, Vili done Oden, who wanted to go into film. For what? My mother told me. The rather lame detective subplot served as a pretext for various dives and aquatic ballets. My mother was to play the role of Lily than Oden's best friend. I have the contract that my mother signed that day. Two sheets of great thick sky blue paper. Watermarked with the open felled films letterhead at the top. The O of open Felled is very large with an elegant loop executive and telegraphic fix and thins. Inside the old stands a miniature Brandenburg Gate. Finally engraved. It is there, I suppose to recall the origins of the two producers in Berlin. It is agreed that my future of mother shall receive a fixed sum of 75,000 Belgian francs, payable installments at the commencement of each week of shooting. And it is understood by both parties that this fee shall not be subject to any augmentation a diminution until the contract shall expire or in due course, be extended. It is further stipulated. The time spent in makeup and wardrobe shall be considered work preparation, not work. As such. At the bottom of the page. My mother's careful signature Then the dashed off signature of Felix opened felled and the third signature in uneven choppier Spider he hand under which someone has typed Mr Open. Feld Senior. The contract is dated April 21st 1940. They invited my mother to dine with him that evening. Wardrobe man was also in attendance and the screenwriter Henry put mom whose nationality was unclear. Belgium English German You lied, and Odin was supposed to come meet my mother about the last minute was detained. It was very cheerful. To open films. Felix especially That's that courtesy, once rigid and playful, so typical of Berlin. Felix Open film had high hopes for the picture in American studio had already expressed interest hadn't he always said We should launch a series of detective comedies with a sporting angle. At some point during the dinner, they took a photo. Which I have on my desk..