The Changing Face of Hollywood

The Changing Face of Hollywood
(radio interview)
   The following brief excerpt is taken from the only radio interview still on record given by Stanley Kubrick. After seeing Paths of Glory at a Screen Writer’s Guild showing, Joseph Laitin sought out Kubrick and asked him to contribute to a one-hour radio documentary he was making for CBS called The Changing Face of Hollywood. The program aired in late The Changing Face of Hollywood n 43 December 1958 and featured interviews with John Wayne, Sam Goldwyn, Kirk Douglas and others.
   JOSEPH LAITIN
   Some younger people have managed to enter the field of moviemaking in the last few years, most of them recruited from television . . . but one young man, still in his twenties, armed only with faith in himself and the motion picture, came to Hollywood uninvited . . .
   STANLEY KUBRICK
   This is Stanley Kubrick. I think that if the reigning powers had any respect for good pictures or the people who could make them that this respect was probably very well tempered by the somewhat cynical observation that poor and mediocre pictures might just as well prove successful as pictures of higher value. Television has changed this completely and I think that despite the unhappy financial upheaval that it has caused in the movie industry, it has also provided a very invigorating and stimulating challenge, which has made it necessary for films to be made with more sincerity and more daring. If Hollywood lacks the color and excitement of its early days with Rolls-Royces and leopard skin seat covers I think, on the other hand, it provides the most exciting and stimulating atmosphere of opportunity and possibilities for young people.

The Encyclopedia of Stanley Kubrick. . 2002.

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