It’s so difficult to get indie films made, that the art of the deal consumes much of the passion and energy that used to go into making ground breaking movies. Resolving those pesky character issues? Who has time? Fixing story structure? Too tired. Whatever energy is left over seems to be going toward technology. HD, 3D, multiplatform and digital. Am I alone in missing the elegant, universal film workflow?
Then a film like The American — well intentioned, engaged with cinema history but often deadly dull. I don’t know how the deal went down but it looks the effort to get this 70s-style adult film on-screen, made the filmmakers forget to sort out what elements of that period needed to be rethought. Slow editing and empty frames don’t automatically equal a good or thoughtful movie.
Let’s hope that the American contribution to 21st Century cinema isn’t only technology and dealmaking.