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Patrick B Bjork <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 21 Oct 1994 11:22:28 -0500
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On Fri, 21 Oct 1994, Randy Riddle wrote:
> On Thu, 20 Oct 1994, Patrick B Bjork wrote:
> I'm sorry Patrick, but are you discounting Welles extensive stage and
> radio experience from his preparation for making films?
> It seems to me that many filmmakers of the past (Welles, Sturges,
> Coppola, etc) had a more more well-rounded liberal arts education, often with
> more knowledge of classic literature, theater, music, or film
> history itself, than alot of the young filmmakers I'm seeing today.
Ok, so in what way does their "knowledge" make for what (I'm assuming you
mean) were better films? I ask, because it strikes me that films today are
different--and certainly some better than others--but I would be
hardpressed to argue, for instance, that Sullivan's Travels is a better
film than say A Fish Called Wanda.
--Patrick Bjork
Bismarck State College
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