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March 1995, Week 2


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Rebecca Robinson <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 10 Mar 1995 12:21:10 CST
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Subj:   RE: ***international*** discussion list
David Desser wrote:
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In the name of political correctness, not to mention my academic
speciality, might we want to insert another term in the binary opposition
"American vs. European" debate currently raging on Screen-L, namely a
little place some like to call "Asia"?
David Desser,UIUC Cinema Studies
2109 FLB/707 S. Mathews, Urbana, IL  61801
I've been reading this discussion for some time now, and political correctness
might vindicate me in being anti-American *or* anti-Eurocentric. That aside, I
would point out New Zealand film and television has a distinctive sense of self
that fits, and opposes, neither polarity. Nor are we part of Asia, nor are we a
third world country. New Zealand films include several winners at Cannes,
nearly a best film Oscar, and are popular, financially viable and stand up
extremely well to academic criticism.
A variation on Tarantino's violence might be Peter Jackson's _Braindead_ and
_Bad Taste_..., yes, he directed _Heavenly Creatures_, just down the road
from here.
So let's use the net for global discussion, ok?
_Rebecca Robinson, University of Canterbury, nz