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Working in HollywoodHow the Studio System Turned Creativity into Labor$
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Ronny Regev

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469636504

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469636504.001.0001

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(p.45) Chapter Two Writing
Working in Hollywood

Ronny Regev

University of North Carolina Press

Wordsmiths were torn between their desire for the creative control traditionally enjoyed by authors and the available economic security offered by working for the movies and writing scripts. Their story is a story of assimilation. When Hollywood entered the sound era a flock of writers, including Charles Brackett and Samson Raphaelson, emigrated to the city and to the world of motion pictures from other fields of writing such as theater and magazines. They oscillated between creative worlds, between East Coast and West Coast, and their previous experience shaped their response and interaction within the studios. The chapter demonstrates that while contending with an ignoble division of labor, which all but shattered the once respected authorial voice, screenwriters also carried with them some of the cultural capital and legitimacy of the more established worlds they came from.

Keywords:   Charles Brackett, Anita Loos, Screenwriters, Script, Samson Raphaelson

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