Ben Dickenson

Original Directors

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Review of 'The Sundance Kids', James Mottram, Faber and Faber £16.99

"It was good old-fashioned greed that inspired Hollywood's interest in the indie filmmaker," suggests James Mottram in his back-story to the careers of recent US filmmakers. Since pioneers like Robert Altman, Francis Ford Coppola and Warren Beatty created a raw new US cinema in the 1960s and 1970s, critics have been looking for the next generation of movie mavericks.

A Test for Reel Radicals

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Ben Dickenson wonders whether Hollywood is capable of dealing with the 9/11 attacks.

How has Hollywood responded to 9/11? According to one critic writing in the film magazine Variety last year, 9/11 was "too embedded as a moment of torture in the soul of America" to make good movie material. Well, that's one way of looking at it.

However, Touchstone Pictures released Pearl Harbour in 2001, which addressed the equally momentous air attack on the US by Japan during the Second World War. Pearl Harbour was a simply awful film, inspiring radical actor Sean Penn to suggest the film's director, Michael Bay, should be punished "with rectal cancer".

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