Video Essay: How New Hollywood Created the American Indie
Video essayist Tyler Knudsen explores how government restrictions on Hollywood in the late 1940’s made way for the rise of indie luminaries like Maya Deren and John Cassavetes.
At the time, the Paramount anti-trust case led to the breakup of Hollywood studios’ vertical integration, so they could no longer own theaters that played exclusively their own films. This meant that the different motion picture studios had to compete for showings elsewhere and work more aggressively to compete against independent filmmakers, who now had a shot at a wider audience. The opening of this window would come to redefine American cinema.
AKA how to tell the story of human greed so that it’s entertaining and revolting at the same time. AKA if history books/teachers would tell things even slightly as colourfully as this, more people would pay attention.
Story is a bit. Well. What do you expect? It’s a full on action flick. Though it has some redeeming moments, a few clever twists or turns can’t save it from the banality that it promises (and delivers). To clarify, there are more not-quite-so-clever twists.
Another not another love story. Beautifully told. Simple enough to follow, yet complicated enough to experience. Dialogue can be a bit sappy at times, but I guess that is a side effect of love rather than just bad writing. Nevertheless it feels stupid. Other times it can be a bit too vague. The dialogue. As well as what’s currently happening. These are mostly minor issues though.