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Two film fiefdoms drifting apart

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor:

Zachary Lee De Gregorio has it almost-right, maybe a partial cigar (“Tell Good Stories, B.O. Will Follow,” Daily Variety, Jan. 7).

The Biz is ever-more-divided between two warring groups: creative types who both hate the biz side and refuse to learn anything about it. Ditto for the suits, who crunch numbers and rarely even consume the product which they promote.

An old hand observed that the trouble with thinking of Hollywood only as art is that: it’s also a business; and that thinking of it only as a business fails to note that it has to be about art. Mark Twain was describing a timid dilemma when he said “East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet” and so shall the two camps grow farther apart, even as they need each other ever more.

Steve Finefrock
Hollywood

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