“The cinema as we know it is falling apart,” says Francis Ford Coppola. “It’s a period of incredible change,” says the director of “The Godfather” and “Apocalypse Now.” “We used to think of six, seven big film companies. Every one of them is under great stress now. Probably two or three will go out of business and the others will just make certain kind of films like ‘Harry Potter’ — basically trying to make ‘Star Wars’ over and over again, because it’s a business.”
“Cinema is losing the public’s interest,” says Coppola, “because there is so much it has to compete with to get people’s time.”
The profusion of leisure activities; the availability of movies on copied DVD and on the Internet; and news becoming entertainment are reshaping the industry, he says. Companies have combined businesses as customers turn to cheap downloads rather than visit shops or movie theaters. (from here.)
I don’t think people are losing interest in the movies because they are too busy or have access to other venues. I think people are leaving the movies because those involved in it are out of touch with normal folks. People really don’t agree with the “it wasn’t rape-rape” mentality of Hollywood types. The drugging and sodomizing of a 13 year old girl runs contrary to most American’s morality. Excusing “artists” for their strange/sick peccadilloes isn’t something Americans will do.
Crime is crime. And rape is rape.
Using a television camera as a confessional for years of infidelity (to a once long time girlfriend and now wife and mother) with employees, does not endear the confessor to main stream Americans. “Movie stars” who idolize and schmooze with third world dictators and help them write speeches to the UN are viewed as anti-American by most Americans.
The huge gulf between the Hollywood elite and the regular American has grown wide and deep. The high-end entitled class have nothing in common with the rest of us.
There is something romantic and nostalgic about a dark theater, huge screen and popcorn. I know I’m not the only person who loves that magical combination but I will forsake all that rather than continue to contribute to their wealth and silently acquiesce to their unacceptable behaviors.
Honestly, I don’t believe I’m alone in that.