Picks and Pans Main: Screen
Yes, in Los Angeles, everyone and his sister wants to direct. What it takes—for those who don't break into film behind the camera—is star power. It's not a new phenomenon. Mabel Normand directed Charlie Chaplin in Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914) when she was 19. In 1948 Laurence Olivier directed his own Oscar-winning performance in Hamlet. It hasn't always worked, though. In 1955 Charles Laughton directed Robert Mitchum and Lillian Gish in The Night of the Hunter. Hunter was a box office flop, and Laughton never directed again.
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