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COMMUNICATION: Media, Arts, & Society | March 28, 1994


An Unpublished Letter to

Calendar Letters, in Los Angeles Times

This is in regard to your thought-provoking article "Getting Serious?"

Entertainment or substance? The perennial Hollywood dilemma.

According to Sam Spiegel, producer of three Oscar®-winning -- and enormously successful -- Best Pictures (On the Waterfront, The Bridge on the River Kwai, and Lawrence of Arabia): "The best motion pictures are those which reach you as entertainment and, by the time you leave, have provoked thoughts. A picture that provokes no thoughts is usually not well conceived and does not entertain one anyway."

Ahh, entertainment and substance. The perennial Hollywood magic!

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