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Where do we go for apples?

July 16, 2008

We now interrupt the Obamamonomania to point you to this excellent discussion of Pauline Kael & trash cinema:

Kael assumed she was safe to defend the choices of mass audiences because the old standards of taste would always be there. They were, after all, built into the culture. But those standards were swiftly eroding. Schrader argued that she and her admirers won the battle but lost the war. Acceptable taste became mass-audience taste, box-office receipts the ultimate measure of a film’s worth, sometimes the only measure. Traditional, well-written movies without violence or special effects were pushed to the margins. “It was fun watching the applecart being upset,” Schrader said, “but now where do we go for apples?”

I would say it’s even worse than that. It’s not only “traditional, well written-movies without violence or special effects”, it’s movies without a certain world-view that is acceptable to Hollywood types.  A non-special effect movie without a subversive political or social message is the rarest of all.

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