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United States: Essays 1952-1992 - "Hollywood!" (1982) Summary & Analysis

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Indecent Exposure, a Hollywood tell-all exposy that descends into bathos as it seeks the high moral ground, tells the story of a power struggle between a floundering movie studio and a powerful New York investment firm. As Vidal says, "The power and the money are in New York; the studio and the glamour are in Hollywood." The book, by journalist David McClintock, is a re-telling of a scandal that involved David Begelman, chief of production at Columbia Pictures, who forged actor Cliff Robertson's name on a check from the studio.

Vidal faults McClintock for failing to recognize that not everyone in Hollywood is a millionaire, although the author vows that his book is "real." The deeper McClintock goes into the Hollywood maze, the less it is clear what is reality. "Since workers in Hollywood often make...

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