By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

Francis Coppola

“The golden times were when Hollywood was run by the owners. You know what the Chinese say? The best fertilizer is the footsteps of the owner. In those days, and even when I first worked, because I had the pleasure of working with Darryl Zanuck, Sam Goldwyn, Jack Warner, the owners ran the studios and competed with each other. They were all versions of Harvey Weinstein. Imagine six Harvey Weinsteins with his intelligence and talent — and his obnoxious vulgarity! — all vying to make the best movies and most commercial movies of the year. It was a magical element you can’t discount. “Who are the owners now? The owners are not there making the films. Instead highly paid executives are there whose names we don’t even know. It’s not the same movie business.”
~ Francis Coppola

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Feature films are suffering a kind of bad time right now, in my opinion, because the feature films that play in theaters are blockbusters. That seems to fill the theaters, but the art-house cinema is gone. If I made a feature film, it might play in L.A. and New York, a couple of other places, for a week in a little part of a cineplex, and then it would go who knows where. I built this to be on the big screen. It will be on a smaller screen, but it’s built for the big screen. You want a feature film to play on a big screen with big sound, and utilize all the best technology to make a world. It’s really tough after all that work to not get it in the theater. So I say that cable television is a new art house, and it’s good that it’s here.”
~ David Lynch

“The purpose of film isn’t to present the kindness of the world.”
~ Isabelle Huppert