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David Smith <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 15 Mar 1995 19:37:34 CST
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 Paul Ramaeker wrote:
>No other arena of American cinema apart from indie
>productions is so healthy as the action film, and none other is so rich
>>in formal play.
>It reminds me of Truffaut's comment on Hitchcock, that suspense IS film.
It depends on how you define health. I suppose you could have a nice,
healthy cancer growing inside your skull ! I happen to like some of
Tarantino's work and won't go into the morality of his use of violence.
It is certainly riveting. But who would deny that real, social violence
in all its terrifying forms feeds off the almost inescapable presence
of violence in most American entertainment, including sports.
Well, I guess there are plenty who would deny it, namely the people
who are addicted to the spectacle of violence, and the people who make
a pretty healthy living by serving it up. I just hope that you (or anyone
else) will not have to be shot-up one fine day by someone who went out
and bought himself a gun so he could be just like the heroes in the action
movies, in order for you to grasp the real meaning of violence. In the mean-
time, plenty of people are being hurt by it. And I do not believe that
either Truffaut or Hitchcock equated suspense with violence.
David Smith
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