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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.)
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Two comments:
 
FOUR WEDDINGS AND FUNERAL
BELLE EPOQUE
LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE
32 SHORT FILMS ABOUT GLEN GOULD
THE PIANO
None of these are American films.
 
And just because a film is  based on a TV series doesn't mean it HAS to be
schlock.
 
--Richard