CINEMA: ONE DUMB SUMMER

MOST OF THE NEW ACTION FILMS ARE BIG, LOUD AND DOPEY, NEAR EXHAUSTION IF NOT EXTINCTION. SPIELBERG DOESN'T HAVE THE ONLY DINOSAURS AROUND

Hollywood rules. Moviegoers in almost every foreign country prefer American films to their own. They love our action pictures, with their size and tempo and assurance, and all those pretty people realizing outrageous dreams. Our directors know how to fulfill Alfred Hitchcock's aim: to make the Japanese audience scream at the same time as the American audience. Perhaps they know it too well. A manic roteness now envelops action films; the need to thrill has become a drab addiction. Isn't there more to moviemaking than having your finger on the pulse of the world public? Can't the megalo-melodrama be infused with...

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