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on 4 May 2012 01:48

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Quotes About American Cinema

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1. Arturo Ripstein
"North American cinema is the only true weapon of mass destruction. It has achieved to convince the audience not only that it's the best possible cinema, but that it is the only."

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2. Bertrand Tavernier
"American cinema is international like the fairy tales were international."

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3. Sergei M. Eisenstein
"American capitalism finds its sharpest and most expressive reflection in the American cinema."

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4. Tom Hooper
"American cinema tends to express a patriotic relationship to national identity on a regular basis."

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5. Jacques Delors
"Cinema explains American society. It's like a Western, with good guys and bad guys, where the weak don't have a place."

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6. Andrzej Wajda
"Why does there exist a global American entertainment industry, but there isn't an equivalent coming from France or Italy? This is the case simply because the English language opens the whole world to the American cinema."

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7. Jean-Luc Godard
"I pity the French Cinema because it has no money. I pity the American Cinema because it has no ideas"

"In films, we are trained by the American way of moviemaking to think we must understand and 'get' everything right away. But this is not possible. When you eat a potato, you don't understand each atom of the potato!"

"American pictures usually have no subject, only a story. A pretty woman is not a subject. Julia Roberts doing this and that is not a subject."

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8. Manuel Puig
"Modern American cinema seems to me superficial. The intention is to understand a certain reality, and the result is nothing but a photographing of that reality."

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9. Wim Wenders
"I'm getting a little bored by the juxtaposition of American and other cinema. I no longer think this division is as true as it might have been in the 1980s, or the early part of the 90s."

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10. Quentin Tarantino
"I like it when somebody tells me a story, and I actually really feel that that's becoming like a lost art in American cinema."

Average listal rating (353 ratings) 9.1  IMDB Rating
11. Ingmar Bergman
"Among today's directors I'm of course impressed by Steven Spielberg and Scorsese, and Coppola, even if he seems to have ceased making films, and Steven Soderbergh — they all have something to say, they're passionate, they have an idealistic attitude to the filmmaking process. Soderbergh's Traffic is amazing. Another great couple of examples of the strength of American cinema is American Beauty and Magnolia."

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12. Michael Caine
"The American cinema in general always made stories about working-class people; the British rarely did. Any person with my working-class background would be a villain or a comic cipher, usually badly played, and with a rotten accent. There weren't a lot of guys in England for me to look up to."

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13. Eriq La Salle
"I think American cinema, particularly, has become so disposable. It's not even cinema, It's just moviemaking."

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14. Tommy Lee Jones
"The most important question in American cinema, I've learned, is 'When is lunch?' "

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15. Lee Daniels
"I was always intrigued with European cinema, and hated most American cinema. I didn't like the one, two, three - boom! style, with a neat and tidy ending. That was never my scene."

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16. Joshua Leonard
"Even in the realest American cinema that I see, there's still not that sense that this is reality. There's still that sense that you are watching a movie. And hopefully, if we did get our jobs right, that sense disappears when you watch this movie (The Blair Witch Project)"

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17. Alexander Payne
"Hollywood films have become a cesspool of formula and it's up to us to try to change it... I feel like a preacher! But it's really true. I feel personally responsible for the future of American cinema. Me personally."

"I don't want all of American cinema to be big cartoons that are just made to be digested by the entire world."



 

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Comments

Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at May 4 22:18
These directors have hit the nail right on the head. Godard's anaology was pretty shit though.

Hollywood's global distribution system is overbearing in nature, a ubiquitous parasite seeping through every pore of media culture, only serving to feed more conventional, predictable and formulaic films to the masses and curbing the amount of foreign films in which one can view.

@Wim Wenders: Come to think of it, other countries have taken a leaf out of Hollywood's book over the years, being more concerned with profit maximisation than innovation or personal expression.

I applaud this list!
Edit: 2 years, 6 months ago
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at May 5 7:53
Thanks! Yeah, I agree that is not Godard at his brightest.
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at May 5 12:55
Excellent quotation choices.
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at May 5 15:08
I read the first quote, and I had to Vote this list right away.
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at May 5 18:37
Emir Kusturica: "What you have now is a Hollywood that is pure poison. Hollywood was a central place in the history of art in the 20th century: it was human idealism preserved. And then, like any great place, it collapsed, and it collapsed into the most awful machinery in the world. Why don`t I see a Frank Capra today? Because people aren`t like this anymore? People haven`t changed that much in 60 years."
Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago at Nov 13 21:23
Even with the huge volume of national production... Can say that today exist an American Cinema?
Edit: 1 week, 2 days ago
Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago at Nov 13 22:58
“What Hollywood really needs is a good bombing” (Jean Renoir)

"The Yanks have colonized our subconscious." (Kings of the Road, Wim Wenders)
Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago at Nov 14 9:08
Alexander Payne can rest easy on your skin. This director is a "rara avis" in his country, like Woody Allen himself and a few others. I enthused "Nebraska", but the only American thing this movie had were landscapes.

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