Friday, August 07, 2009
Budd Schulberg's dead. I'd have guessed that he died years ago. He is a figure from another time, but "What Makes Sammy Run?" has still got to be on anyone's list of great Hollywood novels, and "On the Waterfront" (A's personal favorite movie) is one of those rare movies where the acting, the writing and the direction are all so sublime that the thing can be re-watched for years and still yield new nuances. I recall "The Disenchanted", about going to the Dartmouth Winter Carnival with F. Scott Fitzgerald to work on a screenplay, as being pretty good too. I wonder if it is still in print?