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“The Big Studio Model Is Fucked”: Watch A 1-Hour Talk With David Denby & A.O. Scott About The Future Of Film

"The Big Studio Model Is Fucked": Watch A 1-Hour Talk With David Denby & A.O. Scott About The Future Of Film

The bell sounding the death of cinema has been ringing for years and years, with all sorts of folks declaring at various times, that the artform is over. But there’s no doubt that “cinema” (we’re not talking about “entertainment”) is in peril, at least at the studio level. Steven Soderbergh‘s recent address at the San Francisco International Film Festival decrying the current studio system is now the stuff of legend, but he’s not the lone voice with that opinion.

Kicking off with the assessment that “The big studio model is fucked,” critic David Denby (The New Yorker) kicked off a conversation with colleague A.O. Scott (The New York Times) at the Tribeca Film Festival about the future of film as well as the current state of things. It’s an hour-long chat, and it’s rare to get two guys like this in the same room for something that isn’t a screening, so give it a watch and sound off below. (And in case you missed it, you can watch the Tribeca Talk between Darren Aronofsky and Clint Eastwood right here).

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Alan B

Don't give these blowhards any further space, please. They NEVER have anything interesting to say, and will spend three times the length necessary to articulate even the simplest of thoughts. In particular, Denby has been saying this FOR OVER 10 YEARS: "the studio system is DEAD … no, NOW it is DEAD … no, NOW it is REALLY, REALLY DEAD …"


Lincoln, Argo, Les Miserables, The Life of Pi, Magic Mike, Flight, and The Dark Knight Rises all came out of the studio system and where massive successes that do not feature the tidal studio paradigm for success. Lincoln was a long talky period piece about the passing of the 13th Amendment. Argo was about the Iranian hostage situation (warning Middle East). Les Miserables was a musical with no hit songs and very little comedy-Actually being a drama. The Life of Pi was based on an esoteric book about religion. Magic Mike was about male strippers. The Dark Knight Rises provided a real ending for a film series as opposed to constantly chugging them out. Flight featured one of the last real movie stars showcasing a descent into addiction.

Natuarlly all of these films had their share of detractors, but met with more supporters. Additionally, the movie going public all around the world embraced these films financially. Factor in studios supporting the next efforts by Curon, Greegrass, the Cohens, and PTA and you see a system that is not negating cinema at the expressed pursuit of financial gains.

It is easy to bash a system from a spectators perspective like Denby and Scott; however, they have never actually been inside the system expounding on truths like blind men saying what the weather will be.


Where's the hour-long version the headline promises? The clip is only 3 minutes long.

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