Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Something different--Hollywood hasn't changed

I was looking for an apt quote for something I had written and I came across this one I just couldn't' resist posting here:

Its [Hollywood's] idea of "production value" is spending a million dollars dressing up a story that any good writer would throw away. Its vision of the rewarding movie is a vehicle for some glamour-puss with two expressions and eighteen changes of costume, or for some male idol of the muddled millions with a permanent hangover, six worn-out acting tricks, the build of a lifeguard, and the mentality of a chicken-strangler.

Raymond Chandler (1888–1959), U.S. author, Writers in Hollwood,” Atlantic Monthly (Boston, November 1945).

There have been a few exceptions but this has it pegged just about right. Not much has changed in 60 years.

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