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On Fri, 21 Oct 1994, Randy Riddle wrote:
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> I'm sorry Patrick, but are you discounting Welles extensive stage and
> radio experience from his preparation for making films?
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> 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.
>
> Randy A. Riddle
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Well isn't that a rather pompus attitude to take.  Unless I misunderstand
your post, you are suggesting that unless a filmmaker has a "more
well-rounded liberal arts education, often with more knowledge of classic
literature, theatre, music or film hisory..." he or she is somehow
inferior.  This is just a lot of hot air.  Anyone can and should make a
film who can get their hands on a camera.  The last thing we need is to
have all of our films (cannonized or whatever) come from a certain "elite".
 
So Tarantino worked in a video store...big deal.  His literature is the
films of these so-called great directors you listed above.  Simply
viewing their films is or can be film school enough.
 
THIS IS NOT A FLAME
 
Steve................................Toronto, Canada