ON SET WITH CECIL B. DEMILLE

Cecil B.“You are here to please me. Nothing else on Earth matters.” Attributed to Cecil B. while addressing a movie crew.

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      DeMille moved through the scene, rewriting dialogue and inserting stage instructions absent from Wilder’s original script. “Throughout his revision,” Eyman writes, “DeMille’s polish lessens the staccato rhythm of Wilder’s dialogue into something more conversational, more graceful, with special attention paid to cadence.” For his part, Wilder was pleased with what now ranks as one of the most famous scenes in what may be the only truly serious picture Hollywood ever made about itself — and with the older director’s performance. ” ‘DeMille was very good,’ Billy Wilder remembered with satisfaction. ‘Much better than a lot of the actors in his pictures. He took direction terrifically. He loved it, he understood it. He was very subtle.’ ”

      via Book review: ‘Empire of Dreams’ by Scott Eyman – Los Angeles Times.

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