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Reply #15 on: October 28, 2008, 12:10:11 PM
Agree with all of the above except for the rose-tinted picture of Europe as a haven for art filmmaking.

European producers always wanted big return for their money, but when they were funding guys like Fellini or Antonioni to go off and masturbate to whatever they wanted (which I'm not knocking, cos I love) they knew they would get most of their cash back because those were different times where a superstar director put asses in seats.

Look at the state of european art cinema today; sure there's some good films now and again but most of it is utter forgettable shit. Subsidized filmmaking by the state is woeful at best, and only works if by some freak chance of nature a truly talented filmmaker gets on the inside (real, real fucking rare). And even in the case of good filmmakers getting funding it is usually only a portion coming from that trough and more coming from private funding and again based on the director's star status.

For a look at where govt subsidy gets cinema, see Canada. Suck-fucking-tastic. I've been pretty content knowing American cinema will always produce good stuff since they are caught in the grip of filmmaking as a business, for the most part. It means when we get good films they are of quality, and when we get real indie films they are hungry enough to do some startling and wonderful work.
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