Television: Viewpoint

In celluloid as in petroleum, value is determined by scarcity. From the '30s to the '50s, Hollywood produced hundreds of popular entertainments that audiences and critics considered standard fare. Now that the major studios have shrunk slowly in the West, the antique movies have been revalued upward. According to many film scholars and au-teurists, old Hollywood seems to have been an amalgam of quattrocento Florence and Periclean Greece.

The truth, never plentiful along Vine Street, may be glimpsed in NET'S bright new series The Men Who Made the Movies. Produced, written and directed...

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