Hollywood was a city of extremes: not for Tinseltown the carefull shots and subtleties of tone that were the hallmark of experimental films. It wanted passion, thrills, suspense, violent outbursts of emotions and movements – and so for every protagonist sweeping his way across the screen with a silver rapier or a sensuous leer, there had to be a victim, waiting to be tossed aside with contemptuous ease or devoured whole in a paroxysm of lust
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