[Making It In Hollywood raw #43]

Raw footage for the 1976 documentary "Making It In Hollywood," which follows several actors as they attempt to break into the movie business. A continuation of footage with actors Julius Harris, Robert Walden, Sally Kirkland, Cissy Colpitts, and Gregory Rozakis at Derrick's, a restaurant in Los Angeles. Walden talks about how society is "geared to not respect" actors; there is a general discussion about censorship and movie ratings, and how movie ratings (as well as reviews) can be bought by studios; and "craziness" in artists.

00:04Copy video clip URL Writer Jennifer Gladstone speaks briefly before Robert Walden crawls under the table to sit in between Kirkland and Gladstone. Someone asks Walden how his career started, but the camera is distracted. Walden says any actor knows 3 or 4 people that have committed suicide, and it’s hard to get credit cards or an apartment. He says society is “geared to not respect” actors.

05:23Copy video clip URL Tape cuts, we watch someone playing piano nearby, before the camera pans back to the group. Walden tells us he will be starring in a film in the autumn.

08:19Copy video clip URL Jennifer Gladstone wants Walden and Kirkland to talk about type casting and the transition from TV to features. They move on to talking about movie ratings, and how reviews can be bought by studios.

16:15Copy video clip URL Tape cuts. Kirkland, who says she was the first actress to appear nude in legitimate theater, is asked if she would do a pornographic movie now, or if she would be nude. Kirkland recounts her previous experience, after which it was hard to find work, so she would have to think a lot before agreeing to be nude again. “When I did it in ’68 it wasn’t ok, and I got scalped.”

19:38Copy video clip URL Kirkland says people think she’s crazy. Walden picks up on this, saying “crazy has nothing to do with your gift and your talent,” and artists can be enhanced by craziness. Kirkland talks about the role of women in society, and is angry that the industry doesn’t want a female Brando.

22:30Copy video clip URL End of tape.

 

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