Raymond Chandler on the Hollywood Studio System (1945)

Posted: August 31, 2012 in -
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Pretty amazing rant in The Atlantic Magazine, November 1945. It’s so quotable, and so little has changed over the decades, that it’s a great read on the economic relationships and their impact on creativity and talent.

“The impulse to perfection cannot exist where the definition of perfection is the arbitrary decision of authority. That which is born in loneliness and from the heart cannot be defended against the judgment of a committee of sycophants. The volatile essences which make literature cannot survive the clichés of a long series of story conferences.”

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