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A classic look at Hollywood and the American film industry by The New Yorker's Lillian Ross, and named one of the "Top 100 Works of U.S. Journalism of the Twentieth Century."

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Lillian Ross (1918-2017), born Lillian Rosovsky, joined The New Yorker in 1945 and was a staff writer there for seven decades. She was the author of eleven books, including Portrait of Hemingway, Vertical and Horizontal, Reporting,The Player, Here But Not Here, and Reporting Back: Notes on Journalism. Her work is considered to be a major influence in the field of literary journalism. Angelica Huston is an actress and director.

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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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