Pleasantly condescending comments from an academic who seems to believe, in
proper fashion, that we should spend valuable time pondering the influences
of the "people's" ignorant, boorish, greedy tastes on the conceptualizing
of film "text." I maintain that film as a medium would be as powerful,
useful, meaningful and experimental if the Oscars never existed at all. And
to many, they don't. As to whether we need criteria at all? Only tenure
committees really need criteria. The rest of us need honesty and authority.
Where is Pauline Kael when we need her?

Paul B. Wiener
Special Services Librarian
SUNY at Stony Brook
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