People: People, Apr. 5, 1948

David Work Griffith, 73, wonder man of the early cinema, received an interviewer in his Hollywood hotel room and spoke frankly. "I thought I was a great genius," he recalled wryly. "That was a lot of baloney. . . . There has been no improvement in movies since the old days. . . . They have not improved in stories. I don't know that they've improved in anything. What the modern movie lacks is beauty . . . they have forgotten movement in the moving picture—it's all still and stale."

Novelist Alec Waugh, balding elder...

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