The Belgian set to work

posted by Nick Hornby January 14, 2009 at 2:16 pm Books, Films , , ,

In 1919, Samuel Goldwyn signed up the Belgian playwright Murice Maeterlink, who had recently won the Nobel Prize, to provide screenplays and scenarios for Goldwyn’s fledgling studio.

 “The trouble started when the Belgian set to work. He spoke no English, so to get in the mood, he produced an adaptation of one of his own novels, La Vie Des Abeilles. The scenario was translated and turned over to the boss. “My God,” yelled Goldwyn when he read it. “The hero is a bee.”

– From ‘Writers in Hollywood, 1915-1951’, by Ian Hamilton.