On Luck:
A Screenwriter’s Education

An Essay

by Bill Barich
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This is a fascinating insight into the soul of a screenwriter and his encounters with the friendly--if not rough at times--edges that make Hollywood legend. But the story is really about Milch, and Barich's picture of Milch is of a genius and his methods of working with the daily pressures of life in the Town, including its demands, its rituals, and reactions to success and failure. We are spellbound by the portrait of Milch as a generous spirit, whose big heart gives voice to his enormous value of people and their ideas in a town that discards them so casually.