Monday, October 23, 2006

Box Office Mania

Dustin Hoffman on the film biz:

Hoffman criticised the film industry for being obsessed with looking almost hourly at the box-office takings of a film in its first few days of release, meaning poor quality but populist films could push out higher-quality productions.

“If the movie doesn’t make money it must therefore be a bad work,” said Hoffman, who won best actor Oscars for Kramer vs Kramer and Rain Man. “I don’t remember a time when there was so much respect for bad work.”

However, Hoffman was encouraged by the more recent success of some American films. “You cannot stop the artists.”

For Hoffman, “the most exciting film I’ve seen this year” is the small-budget Little Miss Sunshine, which tells the story of a dysfunctional family driving across America.

[HT: Drudge Report ]

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