Hollywood: The Crusader

A small man arrived cognito in Rome recently. Nobody recognized him despite the distinctive white-on-white shirt and the pale grey glistening tie. But within a few days he had turned the deep eyes of Vittorio De Sica from cordovan brown to a fatigued Chinese red.

This little man, whose name is Abby Mann, believes militantly that "a great screenwriter should be given the same consideration as a great playwright." By a great screenwriter he means Abby Mann. Passing through New York, Mann had seen a preview version of the editing job that...

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