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What are some of the most important quotes from The Last Tycoon (what episode are they in) and how do they relate to its central theme?

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The contrast between Hollywood's Golden Age on-screen magic and behind-the-scenes work, politics and corruption is the central theme. Much of the book is concerned with Monroe Stahr's prominence, along with the ruthlessness that keeps him on top. In chapter 1, Cecilia Brady likens him to Icarus, except that he did not melt and fall.

He had flown up very high to see, on strong wings, when he was young. And while he was up there he had looked on all the kingdoms, with the kind of eyes that can stare straight into the sun. Beating his wings tenaciously—even frantically—and keeping on beating them, he had stayed up there longer than most of us, and then, remembering all he had seen from his great height of how things were, he had settled gradually to earth.

Stahr gets where he is in part by being a workaholic, staying on a project around the clock and attending to every kind of detail. Twice a day in his projection room, he reviewed the film shot that day (chapter 4).

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