Sunday, July 11, 2004

Quote: On the Nature of Film Studios

From PRATER VIOLET, a 1945 novel by Chistopher Isherwood, who spent a brief period of time as a Hollywood writer:

"You see, the film studio...is really the palace of the sixteenth century. There one sees what Shakespeare saw: the absolute power of the tyrant, the courtiers, the flatterers, the jesters, the cunningly ambitious intriguers. There are fantastically beautiful women, there are incompetent favorites. There are great men who are suddenly disgraced. There is the most insane extravagance, and unexpected parsimony over a few pence. There is enormous splendor which is a sham; and also horrible squalor hidden behind the scenery. There are vast schemes, abandoned because of some caprice. There are secrets which everybody knows and no one speaks of. There are even two or three honest advisers. These are the court fools, who speak the deepest wisdom in puns, lest they should be taken seriously. They grimace, and tear their hair privately, and weep."

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

saw this on a job recently,

very very interesting that it was written 60+ years ago, and nothing has changed.

glad you have it here

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