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February 1995, Week 1


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Wed, 1 Feb 1995 12:29:55 CST
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Although only the first two (of ten) episodes of "American Cinema" have been
shown in NYC thus far, the prognosis is not good. The first episode was
valuable because of the high quality of interviewees and what they said. Many
of the clips were very familiar, although it is nice to see a series that has
enough money to pay for major studio clips and not settle for dupey PD
material or trailers.
The second episode was far less interesting with an annoying propensity for
repeating clips over and over. Furthermore, the constant mis-spelling of
"Scarlett" over the clips of "Scarlett (sic) Empress" leaves one with the
feeling that the editorial control of ths expensive series is less than
careful. It was even mis-spelled in the credits, for heaven's sakes!
Also, can anyone recall a major PBS series that has been less publicized? Did
anyone care, or were they so unsatisfied with the series that they hoped it
would pass unnoticed?
Gene Stavis, School of Visual Arts - NYC