Cinema: Ars Gratia Guano

The scene is an MGM staff meeting on an out-of-the-way bench at Knott's Berry Farm.

Top Exec [suave but stern]: All right, gentlemen. We've sold the studio. We've sold the offices. We sold the commissary. We even sold the ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz. Now we have to sell movies. [Low chorus of enthusiastic murmurs from subordinates.] We gave them Zabriskie Point, and we even put back all the sex and dope stuff that had been cut out. The public still didn't go for it. We gave them The Magic Garden of...

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