Cinema: For Whom?

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In a human omelet which included Dorothy Lamour and Myrna Loy, an audience of 2,089 packed into Manhattan's Rivoli Theater to witness the most important screen premiere since Gone With the Wind—the first showing of For Whom the Bell Tolls.

For months, for years, the buildup had been developing; and not just the buildup but all the rest—the astronomically expanding budget, the ten thousand rumors and denials of political censorship, the interminable and ill-explained delays, like those whirs, buzzes and hangings which take place behind the curtain on the night Hamlet turns...

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