Mad Men-esque — A Dark Look at Hollywood Filmmaking
Hollywood, art is all "lies, connivance and darkness."
|Kindle Edition (Biblioasis, 2016)|
Scrolling through the books on Biblioasis' website, The Camera Always Lies, a novel by Hugh Hood, caught my eye. It's described as a story about "
Hollywood politics and one woman’s struggle to survive
them." I was intrigued, not only by the promise of an insider's view,
but to boot, the main character is a woman. Sold. (Not to mention Hugh Hood's
bio, which in itself is impressive.) I read the novel over two
evenings and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Set in 1966-67, this is a very dark look at
Hollywood filmmaking. Love and Art are all but
extinguished in this Holly-land. The greed, lust and misogyny are palpable. Hugh
Hood strikes the right balance by injecting humour into the mix. Even the truly
"bad guys" are funny. And the overall statement Hood is making about art versus commercialism/careerism elevates the whole thing.
What I like best about this book is the way Hood captures the 1960s and of course, his searing psychological insights.The Camera Always Lies reveals the worst of human nature, but it also sheds light on how we might live, love and create real Art. With this novel, Hugh Hood is "authenticating the real...dragging phenomena into undeniable life" and we, the readers, are the better for it.
The Camera Always Lies (originally published in 1967) is part of Biblioasis’ Renditions Series.