Raw footage for the 1976 documentary "Making It In Hollywood," which follows several actors as they attempt to break into the movie business. More raw footage shot at actress Sally Kirkland's home. Sally and several of her actress friends discuss various issues, including roles for women, film executives, nudity in films, and actresses that they admire.
00:00Copy video clip URL Kirkland and several of her fellow actors talk about how men are getting parts that women used to get. They move on to talk about favorite actresses, such as Barbara Streisand and Liza Minnelli. They talk about gay liberation affecting the availability and creation of types of roles.
06:20Copy video clip URL Kirkland talks about the “security of insecurity,” which is a vulnerability which “keeps them [famous actors] on top.”
09:37Copy video clip URL Director Frank Cavestani talks about doing art films, and they turn to the issue of nudity in films. One of them says, “I’m not too turned on by watching nudity, but if it’s tasteful, it’s beautiful.” Kirkland talks about her decision to try to be famous, rather than infamous. She doesn’t want to do anything that would “question [her] commerciality anymore.”
12:29Copy video clip URL Cavestani doesn’t understand why infamy isn’t considered “making it.” One of Kirkland’s friends says that she is acting for the “aesthetic.”
15:57Copy video clip URL Kirkland talks about the difference between the ’60s and the ’70s. Bob Peters calls, but they tell him to call back later. Kirkland then names Kim Stanley as the most talented living actress, though she was “beaten by the system.” Another friend names Kathryn Hepburn, and a third says Ruth Gordon just before the tape cuts.
22:29Copy video clip URL End of tape.