I know I promised something on Qutb last night, but I'm feeling a bit under the weather (I think the weather is actually partially to blame -- though it's a 75 degrees outside, according to the thermometer outside the kitchen window, the air feels like a warm, wet blanket, and today was really miserable).
I'm just about done reading William Fox, Sol M. Wurtzel and the Early Fox Film Corporation: Letters, 1917-1923, in which I found this interesting tidbit:
Naively, [Sol Wurzel] had produced a modernized version of "Oliver Twist" under the title of Oliver Twist Jr. Fox was justly horrified that his company should be releasing a picture with a character like Fagin just at the time when Henry Ford was waging an anti-Semitic campaign through the pages of the Dearborn Independent. He was determined to stop these attacks against his people and threatened Ford that he would have the bi-weekly Fox newsreels show the results of every accident involving a Ford car.
The correspondence is fascinating, and the editors' notes give just enough background, without being intrusive, to make the obscure bits comprehensible. For those interested in the history of American silent film, I highly recommend.Posted by Ideofact at August 4, 2004 11:48 PM