Every creed promises a paradise

Writer Evelyn Waugh’s loathing for Hollywood and the films it produced is captured, the Guardian reports, in memoranda Waugh sent “to the ‘Californian savages’ during negotiations over film versions of Brideshead Revisited and Scoop.” Some of the memoranda are reproduced at the Guardian site. Here’s an excerpt:

It has lately been demonstrated that cinema audiences do not know whether the films they see are spoken in Italian or English. It is useless to write down to their level. Try to produce a work of art.

On the other hand, crime writer Julian Rathbone is dying for someone to make a movie, any sort of movie, of one of his books. (Second link via Return of the Reluctant.)


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