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Foreign Films, US Audiences

 
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lady wakasa
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 3:46 am    Post subject: Foreign Films, US Audiences Reply with quote

Today's New York Times has an article about the wealth of foreign movies available at this point in time and how few of them most Americans actually get to see.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/21/movies/21scot.html
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 4:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A quote from that:

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Anyone fortunate enough to attend a major international film festival in the coming months - Sundance, with its expanded World Cinema programs, is already upon us, to be followed in short order by Rotterdam and Berlin, with Cannes hovering on the horizon in May - will see ample evidence of this cosmopolitanism. Especially for Americans, to step into the festival circuit is to enter a kind of parallel universe, where directors whose names are barely known in the United States are recognized as major artists, and where each day brings news of creative ferment from a different corner of the globe.


It's an interesting article, and there are a number of things I recognize in it, although I think it wimps out in the end. Scott looks at a desire to see foreign films as some kind of snobbery; I think it's more a question of money and access in Hollywood. That "everybody can get some access to anything through the wonder of the Internet" argument doesn't work if audience doesn't know it even exists (look at Romance and Cigarettes). How many people in the US even know that there are DVD regions?
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