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“I was interested in the contrasting personalities of the two. Sophia is outgoing, serene, and cheerful. She has to play the role of a girl from a humble home in Naples who is making good in the sophisticated world of the Paris fashion houses. Well, Sophia knew poverty as a child in Naples and she is certainly a success in the sophisticated world of international picture making. Tony has a gentle boyish quality, which also contains the seeds of violence. I am trying to blend the gentle young man I directed in Goodbye Again with the dangerous quality he revealed in Psycho.”  - Anatole Litvak

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Set designer Walt Spangler on his unique vision for Eugene O’Neill’s DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS.