Cinema: Pillars of the Community

Rare is the literary dog who leaves Hollywood without biting the hand that fed him. Biographer (and onetime scenarist) Emil Ludwig bit hard in La Bataille, a Paris weekly. His article, The Seven Pillars of Hollywood, recently reached the U.S. Excerpts:

A small American state [Hollywood] is on the eve of revolution. . . . The causes . . . are those of every similar uprising: the men in high places are incompetent, their standards lower with each passing year. They rule with the power of wealth alone and push people of talent and knowledge to the wall. ....