A slightly ironical description of the colony of German artists in Los Angeles, who had to leave their country during the Nazi-regime. A young playwriter (von Horvath) joins them and finds out, that there are gaps between the artistical attitudes and the real live behavior of authors like Thomas or Heinrich Mann, Lion Feuchtwanger or Bertold Brecht. Written by
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Did You Know?
This television production leaves out one of the original stage play's most controversial lines, when the hero, overhearing the theme music from "Sunset Boulevard" (1950), patronizingly remarks, "Ah! The kitsch of Hollywood!" - a very strange remark to make about either Franz Waxman's acclaimed music or Billy Wilder's savage film. Ironically, many years later, the author of "Tales From Hollywood", Christopher Hampton, collaborated (as librettist and lyric-writer) on Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage musical based on the Wilder film, which many felt had indeed reduced a brilliant screen original to the level of theatrical kitsch. See more
Odon von Horvath
I never understood why the love of humanity in general should so often be accompanied by a profound dislike of the individual.
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