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The Love of Zero - Robert Florey


Alternate title: Zero
Co-makers: Robert Florey and William Cameron Menzies
Original format: 35mm silent film 1.33:1
Set design: William Cameron Menzies
Camera: Edward Fitzgerald
Featuring Tamara Shavrova, Joseph Marievsky
New music Donald Sosin
Courtesy British Film Institute National Archive

Robert Florey, a French cineaste, and Menzies, a top Hollywood art director, combined talents to show the influence of Caligari and other European film experiments, which tended to be ignored by Hollywood productions. Florey went on to make the expressionistic Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932) and Beast with Five Fingers (1946). -Kevin Brownlow

Robert Florey (1900-1979), French cinéaste, journalist, author and film and television director, came to Hollywood in 1921 and worked as an assistant director before collaborating on The Life and Death of 9413 - A Hollywood Extra. He made at least three other short experimental films and directed over 50 Hollywood features during the 1930-40s. In 1953, he moved to television. -Bruce Posner

Trained as an illustrator, William Cameron Menzies (1896-1957) virtually invented the art of production design. He designed the landmark films Thief of Bagdad (1924) and Gone with the Wind (1939) and subsequently worked on some 30 features. Menzies occasionally directed films as well, the most notable being Things to Come (1936) and Invaders from Mars (1953). -James Curtis