[Moviola] is less a novel about Hollywood than a misty-eyed recounting of a favourite dream.
Garson Kanin wrote the scripts of the sharpest Hepburn-Tracy comedies. More recently he has been described as the "Boswell of Hollywood"; and in this celebration of a lifetime in the cinema he endeavours to live up to the name. His subject is Benjamin J. Farber, last of the Hollywood moguls and a fictional composite of several of that ilk…. At ninety-two, he is forgetful about most things—but not about the history of Hollywood, of which he has total recall…. Mr Kanin's narrative problem is to accommodate Ben within what amounts to a series of potted biographies. But the facts intrude into the...
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