Summer 1945 • Vol. VII No. 3 Book Reviews |

Brief Comment: The Hollywood Hallucination

The Hollywood Hallucination by Parker Tyler. Creative Age Press. $2.50. Since the phrase "slightly screwy" has now been introduced into literary criticism some will want to apply it to Parker Tyler whose besetting temptation is to substitute surrealistic oratory for reasoning. A paraphrase of his book would be better than his book. On the other hand I have to report that the work as it stands is full of unusually bright observations. Indeed it may well be the most intelligent commentary on Hollywood movies that has come from any literary man. I enjoyed it, and I propose to let the reader judge whether I was right in doing so by using the rest of my space in quoting characteristic Tylerisms: 1. Hollywood’s "power of presenting the real—the illusion of the real— is so great that effects flow from it which engulf the beholder (and I confess I am one such) in a maze of symbolic emotions. These emotions are not logically formalized on the screen, but issue from it in free fo

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