>Now you have actors doing the exact opposite! It's so >strange. Actors you see in small american films or certain >foreign films are popping up in the most bizarre >hollywood/commercial projects.
i always like to throw her name out there in these discussions. you could argue "go" was some sort of "infraction", but she was begged by the director and hasn't really stepped that south since.
>Even a formerly talented "indie" director like Soderbergh >has gone in the direction of the dollar.
yeah, but "solaris" wasn't a money-maker or didn't have the potential to be one.
>But it can't be just the dollar, or *just* the hollywood >meat-grinder can it?
>There seems to be a general artistic weakness going around >today. Something is missing.
maybe we need a strong studio system again, so that people can (honestly) independently find some artistic expression and something to creatively rebel against.
maybe it's like quest's hiphop crack take-maybe times for the artist need to be tough before art can be better again.
political environment? what does harry lime say in "the third man":
In Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed - they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, 500 years of democracy and peace and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.