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"It's the Pictures That Got Small"Charles Brackett on Billy Wilder and Hollywood's Golden Age$
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Anthony Slide

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231167086

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231167086.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
"It's the Pictures That Got Small"

Anthony Slide

Columbia University Press

This book is a collection of Charles Brackett's unpublished diaries, written between 1932 and 1949, and aims to reestablish his reputation as a Hollywood screenwriter, not to mention producer, of worthy consideration alongside Billy Wilder and others. Some might argue that no one in the film industry could have had better luck than to be professionally partnered with Wilder, as was Brackett. Yet for the latter it approximated a curse with an inevitable conclusion. Brackett would die, Wilder would continue on and increase in fame and popularity; Brackett would write and produce Niagara with Marilyn Monroe, but Wilder would showcase the star in The Seven Year Itch and Some Like It Hot. The last are films which continue to be screened to enthusiastic audiences, while Niagara is basically forgotten. The year 1949 marked the end of the Brackett-Wilder partnership. According to Gavin Lambert, the two split up because Brackett's closet homosexuality affected his work, in particular in Sunset Blvd.

Keywords:   Hollywood, Billy Wilder, film industry, Marilyn Monroe, films, Gavin Lambert, homosexuality, Sunset Blvd

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