International Critics/Audience versus Local Critics/Audience ...

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International Critics/Audience versus Local Critics/Audience ...

Postby hengcs » Mon Nov 24, 2008 3:11 am

I saw posts in imdb that I thought it is worthwhile mentioning here ...
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http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000034/reply/120980340

e.g., An interesting post by ANGEL_GLEZ 3 days ago (Thu Nov 20 2008 11:17:07)

PLEASE PARDON me for cutting and pasting here (for easy reference)

This was what ANGEL_GLEZ posted
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Sure, there is no an Universal Canon. But it is always curious to know the greatest films according to local critics of each country:

Greece: O Drakos instead of Angelopoulos
Canada: Mon Oncle Antoine instead of Cronenberg
China: Spring in a Small Town instead of Zhang Yimou
Czechoslovakia: Marketa Lazarova instead of Forman
Hong Kong: A Better Tomorrow instead of Wong Kar Wai
India: Sholay instead of Ray
Russia: My Friend Ivan Lapshin instead of Eisenstein
Spain: El Verdugo instead of Buñuel
Sweden: Raven's End instead of Bergman
Yugoslavia: Who's That Singing Over There instead of Kusturica

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This kind of sparks the questions
(i) Does local differ vastly in taste from international critics/audience?
(ii) Are critics sometimes too "aloof" from the masses?
(iii) Should directors make films for the people (i.e., box office hits) or should they make it to win awards (esp. international awards)?

-- I recall a Swedish friend telling me they are not crazy over Bergman
-- I know of many Chinese from Taiwan/HongKong/China/Singapore/etc saying they do not necessarily understand or appreciate Tsai Ming Liang (too slow or even at times too cryptic for comfort), etc
-- and also, the recent break in box office for France (Welcome to the Sticks, i.e., Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis)
-- and also, the recent break in box office for Taiwan (Cape No.7)
etc
hengcs
 


Re: International Critics/Audience versus Local Critics/Audience ...

Postby tzarine » Sat Nov 29, 2008 12:39 am

I can see the appeal of both A Better Tomorrow & WKW.

Tsai Ming Liang is just tedious.

Zhang Yi Mou makes what my HK friend calls "Chinese movies for gweilos."
tzarine
 

Re: International Critics/Audience versus Local Critics/Audience ...

Postby hengcs » Sun Nov 30, 2008 2:01 pm

ha ha ha
hengcs
 


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