California by Kevin Starr–Chapter 11: An Imagined Place

Towards the end of John Schlesinger’s film version of Nathaniel West’s The Day of the Locust a group of extras dressed as Napoleonic soldiers charge up a hill, cameras rolling. ¬†They don’t know that the set they are on has not been properly constructed until it begins to collapse under their feet. ¬†Some of them plunge through the “earth” to the studio floor 30 feet … Continue reading California by Kevin Starr–Chapter 11: An Imagined Place