|The American Cinema: Part 1, “The Hollywood Style”
Essence: The magic of movies is that they create their own universe.
Hollywood Style is one of cinema’s most effective tools = tell the story; with “invisible style,” “style in the service of the story;” the movie might be beautiful (not too much!), but essence is natural, illusionistic, drawing the spectator in.
Directors: Howard Hawks
“The Way We Were” (1973: Robert Redford, Barbara Streisand) as archetypal Hollywood movie.
Billy Wilder, “Some Like It Hot,” 1959.
Joseph Mankiewicz, “All About Eve,” 1950. Sparkling, witty dialogue.
Hollywood Style Renewed – in recent years.
Eisenstein’s “Potemkin” and Scorsese’s “Raging Bull,” 1980.
Roman Polanski: from “Knife in the Water” to “Chinatown,” 1974, written by Robert Towne; photographer from Jack Nicholson’s point of view.
Don’t forget star system: “Stars draw in audiences like a moth to the flame!”
Interviewees: Martin Scorsese; Howard Hawks; Lawrence Kasdan; Joe Mankiewicz; Sydney Pollack; Billy Wilder; Roman Polanski; Robert Towne.