LOS ANGELES — “Hollywood’s like Egypt: full of crumbled pyramids.
A new entertainment technology, TV, was emasculating cinema as a cultural force, and film studios had started to fossilize into bottom line-oriented businesses.
As Selznick put it, Hollywood had been “grabbed by a little group of bookkeepers and turned into a junk industry.”Since then, Hollywood has repeatedly written its own obituary.
The 1980s (VCRs), the 1990s (the rise of media super-conglomerates), the 2000s (endless fantasy sequels) and the 2010s (Netflix, Netflix, Netflix) each brought new rounds of existential hand-wringing.
Sure, we churn out lowest common denominator junk, studio executives would concede over $40 salads at the Polo Lounge.
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