Hollywood: A Love Story, by Clive James

Carrying you away is what the movies have always tried to do, and putting a well-favored young lady on the screen has always been one of the main means of transport. Other means of transport are the look of the thing, the appeal of the theme, the logic of the action, the tautness of the story, and the authority of the male face at the center of the frame.

Hollywood: A Love Story – Magazine – The Atlantic?- a beautiful piece, this, by Clive James, reviewing the latest Biographical Dictionary of Film. It?s like being in a conversation between James and Thomson, admiring their erudition and knowledge, feeling frustrated at their prejudices but also enlightened by their enormous, glistening intelligences.?

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