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At a studio meeting, Mill muses on how much easier it would be for producers if writers, actors, and directors could be eliminated from the process. (This after he has literally eliminated a troublesome screenwriter, killing him in a fit of pique.) Levy goes on to demonstrate how easy it would be to eliminate writers by crafting several high-concept pitches from articles picked at random from the newspaper. In Mill and Levy’s world, where formula is king, the writer really is superfluous.

Robert Altman’s ‘The Player’: What lessons Hollywood has learned from the showbiz satire

At a studio meeting, Mill muses on how much easier it would be for producers if writers, actors, and directors could be eliminated from the process. (This after he has literally eliminated a troublesome screenwriter, killing him in a fit of pique.) Levy goes on to demonstrate how easy it would be to eliminate writers by crafting several high-concept pitches from articles picked at random from the newspaper. In Mill and Levy’s world, where formula is king, the writer really is superfluous.

Robert Altman’s ‘The Player’: What lessons Hollywood has learned from the showbiz satire

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Simplicity and familiarity are much easier to put on a poster than complexity and originality. Today, even more than 20 years ago, this is the sort of picture Hollywood likes; in the years since “The Player,” Hollywood has almost completely gotten out of the business of making serious dramas, character studies, or non-franchise movies made from properties viewers don’t recognize right away.

Robert Altman’s ‘The Player’: What lessons Hollywood has learned from the showbiz satire