“You know, when I say impotent, I don’t mean merely limp. When I say impotent, I mean I’ve lost even my desire to work. That’s a hell of a lot more primal passion than sex. I’ve lost my reason for being…my purpose. The only thing I ever truly loved.” — George C. Scott‘s Herbert Bock in Paddy Chayefsky‘s The Hospital, which was efficiently but incidentally directed by Arthur Hiller.

Chayefksy bust outside the TV Academy in North Hollywood — Thursday, 11.8, 8:45 pm.

4 thoughts on “Wordsmith

  1. Chayefsky must have had a crystal ball that told him the futures of medicine and television in 21st century America. Is it possible for one man to be so strongly prescient on two diverse topics? The Hospital identifies problems that still haven’t been solved today. Is it fair to offer no credit for the films’s success to Arthur Hiller?
    A couple of weeks ago a post-Argo viewing conversation led to an appreciation of Alan Arkin. Two of Arkin’s strongest performances were directed by Hiller ( In-Laws and Popi). The Hiller “canon” is quite strong – Americanization of Emily, The Hospital, Popi, In-Laws – and three “guilty pleasures” WC Fields and Me” (Univeral had a bio-pic run in the 70′s), “Silver Streak” ( began the Wilder/Pryor road-pics) and The Lonely Guy ( a Steve Martin comedy that deserves a second or first look). Don’t be “hating” on Hiller. Many writers and actors repeatedly worked with Hiller. Is it because he stayed out of the way and had no imprint on the/their material?

  2. I haven’t seen The Hospital yet, but The Americanization of Emily is a stone dead classic that should be on everyone’s top 100 lists. SEE IT. It’s Julie Andrews’ best performance ever, James Garner is the man.

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