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carlett Johansson may not look or behave like a lunatic but she is now regarded as one in certain quarters of Hollywood. “So the lunatics have taken charge of the asylum,” a senior studio executive commented in 1919 when he discovered that the three leading movie stars of the day – Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks – together with the top director, DW Griffith, had founded their own breakaway company, United Artists.

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