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Picture by Lillian Ross


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Picture by Lillian Ross
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Apr 30, 2019 | ISBN 9781681373157

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Picture is a dazzling realist confection … [T]he dialogue is perfect, with pace and tension steady … Picture tells the truth as the writer found it to be, and, by steady accumulation and good writing, we see all the things about the movie business that lie beyond publicity.” —Andrew O’Hagan, London Review of Books

“Ross, in her reporting, does what novelists of the first order do in their fiction: she brings abstractions to life, she catches and depicts the passions that motivate people to reach high, to plot deftly, to compromise, to take foolish risks or hedge their bets. Yet, no less than in her exemplary Profile of Hemingway, Ross also explores the inner life of an artist, in an attempt to illuminate the mysteries of the art itself.” —Richard Brody, The New Yorker

“Here is probably the most authentic documentation ever done on the making of a Hollywood motion picture and it is presented with such brilliance, fidelity to detail, and characterization that it reads like an exciting novel.” —Chicago Tribune

Picture presents Hollywood’s more heroic attitudes as well as its more foolish and familiar ones. Never blind to Hollywood’s persistent creative effort, it is sharply observant of the business mechanism that blunts the points of some of the industry’s sharper talents. It plays back with an unfailing ear some of the wise things that are said in that keyed-up, pent-up industrial town, as well as the wise-cracking, the bathetic and banal.” —Budd Schulberg, The New York Times 

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