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Maximilian Schell (1930-2014)

 

  1. Van Heflin, Sotto dieci bandiere (UK/US: Under Ten Flags, Italy-US,1959.     Change of Captain Reger, commanding and continually disguising his German surface raider vessel, Atlantis, for 665 days  while sinking 22 ships (treating all captives humanely), until the surface raider  was finally blown out of  the water by (Charles Laughton’s) Royal Navy November 21, 1941. Reger (actually, Rogge) later became  a NATO Commander in the Territorial Allied Naval Forces.
  2. Clint Eastwood, Per un pugno di dollari/For A Fistful of Dollars, Italy-Germany-Spain, 1964.     Early choices for Italian director Sergio Leone’s as The Man With No Name - included James Coburn, Henry Fonda and apparently, Schell… although this is disbelieved in some German quarters as “a really far-out idea.” 
  3. Dirk Bogarde, Darling, 1965.      Fell out when the film was being hit by a legal threat by a woman who insisted “the script is based on me.”
  4. Maurice Ronet, Lost Command, 1966.  US director Mark Robson did not seem to think there was anything untoward about offering a French Army captain... to a German.
  5. Gene Barry, Maroc 7, 1966.     First choice of British actor-producer Leslie Phillips.
  6. Fabrice Luchini, Lancelot de lac (US: Lancelot of the Lake),France-Italy, 1974.    Part of realisateur Robert Bresson’s plan for his scenario in 1965.
  7. GertFröbe, Bloodline, 1979.     Max had disappeared into Disney’s Black Hole.
  8. Rod Steiger, The Chosen, 1981.     The UN debates the Palestine partition. And two Orthodox Jewish pals in Chaim Potok’s best-seller suffer their fathers.  An immigrant Rabbi and Tzaddic (a messenger from God) and a college professorand Zionistactivist. Director Jeremy Kagan gave the roles to Schell and Steiger. And Schell agreed when Steiger asked to swop roles!
  9. Frank Finlay, Lifeforce, 1984.  A search began for German actors  (hello, Anton Diffring!) or those who could play German. Result: 22 possibilities…  Schell, Bernard Archard, John Bennett, Dirk Bogarde, Nigel Davenport, Denholm Elliott, Michael Gough, Bernard Hepton,  Trevor Howard, Freddie Jones, Klaus Kinski, Hardy Kruger, Herbert Lom, James Mason (ah, Rommel!),  Donald Pleasence, Cifford Rose Leonard Rossitier, Vladek Sheybal, Robert Stephens and even Max von Sydow. (Hey, an accent is an accent).  And so, probably without him knowing, Schell was also  listed for Dr Hans Fallada, an expert of - get this! - life after death… And all the time, US director Tobe Hooper knew it didn’t matter a damn who played what guy as all eyes  would be on Mathilda May - fully naked for almost the entire 116 minutes.  (A rare accomplishment, swiftly copied the following year by another Parisienne,  Patricia Barzyk - Miss France 1980 - in Jean-Pierre Mocky’s La machine à découdre). After all that… web critic Stephanie Scaife denounced it as “completely batshit insane.”
  10. Timothy Dalton, The Doctor and The Devils, 1985.     Michael Redgrave and director Fritz Lang had no luck with the Dylan Thomas project in 1948. Nor Hollywood helmer  Nicholas Ray - not even when dropping James Mason for Schell. Nor indeed, Laurence Harvey in 1965. The sole scenario of Swansea’s self-styled “Rimbaud of Cymdonkin Drive” remained unmade for the next 37 years  - a record delay between the completion and shooting of a script.

 

 

 





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