In a letter urging a discouraged Ingrid Bergman not to give up on acting, the filmmaker Jean Renoir once wrote that "the cult of great ideas is dangerous and may destroy the real basis for great achievements, that is, the daily, humble work within the framework of a profession." Renoir's philosophy fell wide of the usual range of masculine counsel— it takes big ideas to make big careers, after all. A tacit understanding in the arts has always held that the small, the humble, the diligent and daily carry an automatic and nearly... More >>>