Mark Rydell — American Director born on March 23, 1934,

Mark Rydell is an American actor, film director and producer. He has directed many Academy Award-nominated films including The Fox, The Reivers, Cinderella Liberty, The Rose, The River and For the Boys. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director for On Golden Pond... (wikipedia)

He was a psychotic. He was a borderline psychotic. He was a terrific, sensational actor, with a magical screen presence, you couldn't keep your eyes off him, but he was paranoid. He was sure everybody was out to get him.
There's evidence of a social decline in direct proportion to technology and the industrialization of the motion picture industry.
I long for the days when grosses were not even known. There was no weekend competition.
It always amazed me that he was able to do it, and that Orson Welles was able to do it. I never understood it because the talents are absolutely opposite - polar opposites.
It perhaps has a chance, a commercial chance, this film. It's funny, it's charming, the idea is original, it's unusual and it makes fun of the movie industry in a way that it needs to be poked fun at.