To the Editor:
While studying Cinema at USC in 1937, I concluded that filmed entertainment could become the most important force in shaping the world. More than any one religion, any nation, or any one human, film could make the difference.
Today the chips are down. The world may be descending into a hell that no one seems to be able to avoid.
Something can save us: the creative geniuses who sway enough minds to motivate us to avoid global suicide. Our writers can and must find the vision. The rest of us must make their imaginings real.
No need to change our flow of diversified entertainment. That’s not the answer. The answer is to add to it in ways that will inspire us to reach up toward the human potential. We’ve done some of this in the past.
Our geniuses have helped us realize what oppression is. “The Sound of Music” brought awareness of how fascism can suddenly trample freedom. “Lost Horizon” gave us a found horizon. The words of “On a Note of Triumph” exalted us. The simple appreciations in “The House I Live In” brought lumps to our throats.
Today we ask of our industry to hear the peace-loving voices of our greatest writers, support them, and translate their unique visionary dreams into screen experiences that will save our earth and the good things in it.
Every sort of talent in our profession, combined, can enrich our writers’ wise words as they reach the screen. Let’s go for it. This is our best possible answer. We ask our writers to point the way.
Marina del Rey