Vast majority of filmgoers, including under-45 movie fanatics: You expect us to pay attention and respect to some admittedly intoxicating signature films by an Austrian-born emigre who peaked in the ’20s and ’30s (particularly during his legendary Paramount period of 1927 to ’35), or between 80 and 90 years ago?

Wiki anecdote: “Between 1959 and 1963, Sternberg taught a course on film aesthetics at the University of California at Los Angeles, based on his own works. His students included Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek, who went on to form The Doors. The group recorded songs referring to Sternberg. Manzarek has described Sternberg as ‘perhaps the greatest single influence on The Doors.'”