Deutsche stars
in J. Lee Thompson
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By 1958 British production houses were becoming increasingly conscious of the importance of continental as well as American markets. Woman in a Dressing Gown and Ice Cold in Alex had both been premiered with striking success at the Berlin Film Festival, and Rank had begun to use German stars to ease its product into European cinemas. Impressed with his success in Germany, Wintle and Parkyn approached Lee Thompson to direct a vehicle for another 'Deutscher Star', Horst Buchholz. I Aim at the Stars gave Lee Thompson the opportunity to work with another 'Deutscher Star', Curt Jurgens, who played von Braun with a 'quiet, persuasive intensity'. Von Braun might be looking at the stars, but London critics judged that Lee Thompson was definitely standing in the gutter. Tiger Bay began filming only a few days after white youths in London's Notting Hill had mounted well-publicised attacks on the area's black residents.


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