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Former screenwriter Vidal's answer to the rhetorical question posed in the title of this article: the director. To another rhetorical question, "Who should make the movies?" Vidal answers: the writer. Then television. With the challenge to the silver screen from the cathode tube, the directors ("icons") became, well, paramount and were seen as artists and the saviors of film. "Then out of France came the dreadful news: all those brothers-in-law of the classic era were really autonomous and original artists," Vidal observes.

The absurdity of this view is that "regardless of director, every Warner Brothers film during the classic age had a dark look owing to the Brothers' passion for saving money in electricity and set-dressing cut no ice with ambitious critics on the prowl for high art...

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