The Golden Age of Hollywood

A couple of years ago I read "The Financier" and "The Titan" by

Theodore Dreiser and thought what a terrific film or mini series

(do they still exist?) the books would make. I know Michael

Douglas is just too old now but I kept imagining a young Michael

Douglas. The story was about the rise and fall of a wheeler

dealer financier - it was set around the 1880s. The girl was

Aileen and she was described by Dreiser beautifully, her vibrancy

and beauty just flew off the page - she had long auburn hair. She

is one of the strongest woman characters I have ever read in

fiction, far surpassing Thomas Hardy's heroines, in my opinion.

Last month I read Frank Norris' "The Octopus" and I thought there

was a magnificent western just waiting to be made. It was about

a real life incident involving a group of ranchers who banded together

and tried to stop the railroad conglomerate from repossessing their

land. It wasn't as stirring to me as the Dreiser novels but I think

instead of rehashing the same books over and over (Jane Austen,

"Jane Eyre", "The Great Gatsby") why don't they look into the

great literature past to find stories that would be just as relevant


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