CINEMA: THE LONGEST DAY

A CAMERAMAN'S DEATH HAS PUT THE SPOTLIGHT ON HOLLYWOOD'S SWEATSHOP-STYLE WORK PRACTICES

Brent Hershman just wanted to get home. He had worked a 19-hour day as an assistant cameraman on the set of Pleasantville, a comedy starring Jeff Daniels, and he had about an hour's drive ahead of him. When he got on the road, it was already 1 a.m., but he had promised his eight-year-old daughter that he would be home when she woke up.

Hershman, 35, never made it to the Los Angeles suburb where he lived with his wife and two kids. Exhausted, he fell asleep behind the wheel and slammed into a telephone pole. His death last month has...

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