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From mafia to movie moguls: David Chase debuts miniseries on the creation of Hollywood

by Danielle Berrin

March 17, 2009 | 2:00 pm

Sopranos creator David Chase will write and produce a new HBO miniseries about the creation of Hollywood. The series, titled “A Ribbon of Dreams” comes from the Orson Welles metaphor, “A film is a ribbon of dreams.” The story focuses on two men from different backgrounds who rise through the ranks of the incipient film industry, encountering a slew of Hollywood legends along the way.

The question is, will the Italian-mafia expert tell the story of the Jews who invented Hollywood?

None of the early reports on the show indicate Chase’s intentions with the project, other than establishing its basic plot. It is said that the two fictional leads will encounter D.W. Griffith, John Ford, Bette Davis and Billy Wilder (yes, a Jew). But other than that, word is mum.

From the New York Times ArtsBeat

Having previously struck gold for HBO with his mobster series “The Sopranos,” the writer and producer David Chase is returning to the cable channel with a new mini-series about men who swear relentlessly and resort to ruthless tactics to get ahead, only this time, it’s set in Hollywood. In a release, HBO said that Mr. Chase’s mini-series would be called “A Ribbon of Dreams” (taken from Orson Welles’s famous metaphor for film) and would follow two characters through the birth and development of the American motion picture industry. The two protagonists, a mechanical engineer and a cowboy, will begin working for D.W. Griffith, and encounter the likes of John Wayne, Bette Davis and Billy Wilder as they rise through the business. No casting or premiere date was announced.

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Danielle Berrin writes the Hollywood Jew blog, a cutting edge, values-based take on the entertainment industry for jewishjournal.com. A Los Angeles Times profile dubbed her...

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