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"Steven M. Blacher" <[log in to unmask]>
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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 10 Jun 1994 09:35:22 -0700
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I don't entirely disagree that there is a "crisis in creativity" in the
film business. And yet, just to play devil's advocate for a moment:
Films currently in release, and available to the audience on 30 to 1500
screens, include "When A Man Loves a Woman", "Four Weddings and a Funeral",
"Crooklyn", "Little Buddha", "Schindler's List", "Philadelphia", "Belle
Epoque", "Like Water for Chocolate", "32 Short Films About Gould", "Naked
in New York", and "The Piano". There is arguably something of a range of
subject matter and styles on that list, and a case to be made that film is
a medium allowing creative expression. (Some of these films were produced
by "Hollywood"; all of them are being distributed by a "Hollywood" entity
to achieve that level of screen penetration.)
Audiences spent $63 million to see films last weekend. Of that total, $28
million, or 44%, went to "The Flintstones" and "Maverick".
Wouldn't you be receptive to the idea of making a film based on a tv show
if you were sitting in a studio corporate office in "Hollywood" this