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SCHRADER TALKS AUDIENCES & SPACEY
Posted: 012819

Artistic Censorship, 70's Audiences and Taking Movies Seriously all Discussed

Paul Schraderís First Reformed got a some strong reviews when it came out and won some major independent awards but Schrader has made recent comments that suggest the Academy Awards will pause before joining the parade. During an appearance at the BAFTA Screenwriters Series in the UK (via Deadline), he said that people complaining that films today arenít as good as they were in the 1970s are half-wrong. He told the crowd itís not the filmís that are the problem, itís the audience: ďThere are people who talk about the American cinema of the 1970s as some halcyon period. It was to a degree but not because there were any more talented filmmakers. There are probably, in fact, more talented filmmakers today than there was in the í70s. What there were in the í70s were better audiences. When people take movies seriously itís very easy to make a serious movie. When they donít take it seriously, itís very, very hard. We now have audiences that donít take movies seriously so itís hard to make a serious movie for them. Itís not that us filmmakers are letting you down, itís you audiences are letting us down.Ē And on his Facebook page Schrader posted that he wants to make a film with Kevin Spacey, even with the sexual misconduct allegations made about him: ďI was sent a script yesterday. A very good script which screamed Kevin Spacey for the lead. I told the producer Iíd direct it if they would make it with Kevin. The producer responded that that was not possible. I believe there are crimes in life but no crimes in art. Spacey should be punished for any crimes his actual person created. But not for art. All art is a crime. Punishing him as an artist only diminishes art. Put Celine in jail, put Pound in jail, punish Wilde and Bruce if you must, but do not censor their art.Ē

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