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James Bond and Tilda Swinton Movies Renew Debate About Whether Movies Must Be Seen in Theaters

Who gets to make the final call on access to a work of cinematic art?

James Bond, Tilda Swinton Movies Renew Debate About Movies in Theaters

Some audiences may not be ready to return to movie theaters, but that doesn’t mean the movies will always come to them. The North American release of the 25th James Bond movie, “No Time to Die,” marks the latest occasion in which a wide release tests the willingness of moviegoers to leave the house in a pandemic for a big screen experience they can’t stream at home. But it’s not the only recent example: This week, distributor Neon said that it would only release Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s enigmatic Tilda Swinton drama “Memoria” in theaters one week at a time, with no VOD release planned. That means the only way anyone can experience the auteur’s latest accomplishment is on the big screen. Needless to say, many audiences aren’t thrilled about that limitation. But who gets to be the final arbiter of access to a work of cinematic art?

That’s one of the key questions in this week’s episode of Screen Talk. This week, Eric Kohn is joined by chief film critic David Ehrlich, who fills in for Anne Thompson as she travels back to Los Angeles from NYFF. Kohn and Ehrlich share their highlights from NYFF before turning to the Bond/”Memoria” question to assess the value of forcing audiences into the theatrical experience. They also touch on some updates on the international film race, including the pending submission from France.

Watch the full episode above or listen to it below.

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