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2 items from 2011

David Rayfiel obituary

1 July 2011 3:37 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Hollywood script doctor favoured by Sydney Pollack

Like certain potentates who travel with a personal physician, the director Sydney Pollack almost always had his own script doctor close at hand to revitalise a sick screenplay. David Rayfiel, who has died of congestive heart failure aged 87, was called in on the majority of Pollack's features, usually for a few weeks, in order to fix specific problems, rewrite here and there, and add and subtract lines. Though well remunerated for his work, Rayfiel was usually given no screen credit.

However, the spotlight was sometimes turned on him, such as when Robert Redford called Rayfiel "the unsung hero of almost every picture Sydney Pollack and I have made together". When Out of Africa (1985) won the Oscar for best picture, Pollack thanked Rayfiel for "keeping us honest" and Kurt Luedtke, upon accepting the Academy award for his screenplay of the same film, also acknowledged Rayfiel. »

- Ronald Bergan

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What Would Ayn Rand Have Said About ‘Atlas Shrugged’?

22 April 2011 5:00 AM, PDT | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

Csu Archives / Everett Collection Ayn Rand testifying before House Un-American Activities Committee as a friendly witness, on Oct. 20, 1947.

In her old age, after she had stopped writing essay-length exegeses of the moral and political prescriptions contained in her fiction, after her large cult following had left her and dispersed, after the tumult of the 1960s and 1970s, after lung cancer, Ayn Rand spent evenings playing Scrabble with a few regular visitors to her Murray Hill apartment and casting and recasting »

- Anne C. Heller

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