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Four Directors Who Torture Their Actors, from Hitch to Trier (CLIPS)

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! March 25, 2014 at 5:13PM

It's no secret that Lars von Trier pushes his actresses to the edge-- and sometimes all the way over. A director's commitment to wringing the most out of their actors dates back to another vainglorious Von: Eric von Stroheim ("Greed") was notorious for using offscreen acrimony to get what he wanted onscreen, while Alfred Hitchcock sent poor Tippi Hedren into a room to be pecked by live crows. Here are four directors who stop at nothing to get what they want from their actors.

This article is related to: Lars von Trier, Lars von Trier, Stanley Kubrick, Nymphomaniac, Darren Aronofsky, Features

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.