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flattop BS: Fund the Movie Hollywood Afraid to Make (56* d) RE: BS: Fund the Movie Hollywood Afraid to Make 04 Apr 04

Woody Allen made some great movies and some stinkers. I doubt he would call himself Hollywood. He'd probably rather be associated with Gogol, Pasternak and Dostoevsky.

His great movies have action and conflict. One of his best, Bullets Over Broadway, mixed musical theatre with mob murder. In the end, they shot the woman who couldn't act - and rightly so because she was destroying real art. Even in his mediocre movies, they killed the woman, like his movie where the girlfriend became terribly annoying - I can't remember the title.

Other movies, like Love and Death, he has all the tension of the Napoleonic Wars, but, not being Hollywood, Allen couldn't afford thousands of extras. So he slyly covered up with philosophical angst, almost like he was having mudcat moments.

Allen's conflict and tension wasn't often superfluous fury. It was more like the slow terror in Chekov's Cherry Orchard where the family falls into ruin as the sisters slowly grow facial hair.

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