Mercedes 300SL Gullwing (1955) photo by Kevin Decherf via Wikimedia Commons

Stars in Cars: A Look at Italian Vehicular Stardom

by Alberto Zambenedetti Sophia Loren relaxing by the side of the road, next to her broken-down Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing. Vittorio Gassman speeding through a deserted Rome in a beat-up Lancia Aurelia B24 convertible. Rossano Brazzi taking down the top…

The Waxworks cast and crew relax with friends and colleagues on the film's carousel set. Paul Leni is seated fourth from left, facing the camera. From L-R: Wilhelm (William) Dieterle, Ali Hubert, E. A. Dupont, Leni, Fritz Maurischat, John Gottowt, Lore Sello, Leo Birinski. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

The Life and Career of Paul Leni

by Erica Tortolani and Martin Norden Silent-era film director Paul Leni was at the forefront of German filmmakers whose stylistically daring and narratively innovative productions garnered international acclaim and who found themselves heavily recruited by Hollywood studios during the 1920s.…