The Theater: The Reel Truth, As Time Goes By

A HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN FILM

by CHRISTOPHER DURANG

Myth is not dead. It has just taken a job in the movies. Hitchcock is our Homer, Gone With the Wind is our Iliad, and, taken together, a hundred cowboy movies make up the Odyssey of the Late Show. Hollywood's images have become the myths of the 20th century, and somewhere in the depths of our unconscious are mingled words and pictures from the real and the reel: Abraham Lincoln and Raymond Massey, George Patton and George C. Scott, Fanny Brice and Barbra Streisand.

Christopher Durang,...

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