THE LAST TYCOON
Directed by ELIA KAZAN
Screenplay by HAROLD PINTER
In the thick, solitary splendor of the movie studio, Monroe Stahr weaves dreams. He watches images flicker by in the screening room, demands improvement. Amendments, modifications, excisionsall flow in the sharp, regular rhythm of a master musician keeping time by snapping his fingers. "The last scene was too gorycut out one roll of the table," or, "Reshoot the whole scene." His taste is peerless, but it would have to be. The production chief of a major studio like MGM in the early '30s, Stahr holds absolute authority.
Stahr cannot credit, either, the...