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|Subject: Re: FIRE checker for Fools||Date: 8/21/2003 8:29 PM|
|Author: Dhahran74||Number: 524 of 5048|
Was anyone watching "American Masters" the other night, when they compared directors Selznik and Hitchcock? See information on this episode at http://www.pbs.org/previews/Hitchcock - it was entitled "Hitchcock, Selznick and the End of Hollywood", although they concluded by saying that the predicted end of Hollywood did not occur.
Yeah, I know, "Selznik Who?"... He did "Gone with the Wind." But David O. Selnik was credited with bringing British director Alfred Hitchcock to Hollywood. Hitchcock's lasting success vs. Selnik's decline into obscurity reminded me of some of the principals put forth in the two "Millionaire" books:
-Hitchcock's marriage and lifelong devotion to a supportive wife, vs. Selznik's failure to remain faithful to his first wife.
-Hitchcock's working class roots vs. Selznik's family wealth and extravagant lifestyle.
-Hitchcock's creativity and his willingness to experiment with the camera. Calculated risk-taking led to his success, which brought prestige and importance to the function of director.
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