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  • Chris Beachum
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    From Variety today…

    Dustin Hoffman thinks the golden age of film is long gone.

    The legendary actor says the movie industry is in its worst state ever, while television is enjoying a boom.

    “I think right now television is the best that it’s ever been, and I
    think that it’s the worst that film has ever been — in the 50 years that
    I’ve been doing it, it’s the worst,” he told the Independent newspaper.

    A squeeze on budgets lies behind many of the problems that afflict
    high-quality dramatic movies, the two-time Oscar winner said. This has
    led to less time spent on script development and shooting.

    “It’s hard to believe you can do good work for the little amount of
    money these days,” he said. “We did ‘The Graduate’ and that film still
    sustains. It had a wonderful script that they spent three years on, and
    an exceptional director with an exceptional cast and crew, but it was a small movie — four walls and actors, that is all — and yet it was 100 days of shooting.”

    Hoffman, who made his directorial debut in 2012 with “Quartet,” says
    he hasn’t been offered many more opportunities to direct, which is for
    financial reasons. “I don’t think that has anything to do with whether
    you are good or not; it’s just about whether your films make money or
    not,” he said.

    Hoffman’s recent TV credits include HBO’s “Luck,” which was cancelled
    while filming season two, and the BBC’s adaptation of “Esio Trot.” His
    recent movies include “The Choir,” in which he plays the musical
    director of a boarding school’s boy choir.

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    DominicCobb
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    Well certainly his career is in its worst state ever. Wonder if that has something to do with it.

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    Teri Belyea
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    I was just going to post his remarks.

     

    It’s Dustin. He can say what he likes. And he’s right (about films). As for television, people here and elsewhere have been telling me for years and years that TV is better quality overall than films.

    Do you agree that this is true? Besides HBO, how many television programmes have no ads?

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    Well certainly his career is in its worst state ever. Wonder if that has something to do with it.

    As long as the original plan for Kung Fu Panda to have six chapters is still in fruition, then I think he’s still set for a while. 

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    Baby Clyde
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    He’s obviously right.

    He’s also 77. What sort of statee do you expect his career to be in. He has nothing left to prove.

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    KyleBailey
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    I agree with his comments about the rush of filmmaking these days pressured by studios. I, as a film student, really hate the idea of rushed creativity. Working on short films for my classes and seeing the amount of stress in the room caused by time crunches just makes filmmaking not fun. Our teachers say we should be having fun if we love it so much but we really don’t get enough time to stand back and have fun by taking our time. Hearing about indies that film in like 14 days seems like a really painful schedule that doesn’t give the director or DP or the other departs time to really perfect their jobs and make it their mission to make the best possible movie you can make rather the pressure of companies making it more about getting everything done in a certin amount of time. Like he said about The Graduate, that movie took almost 100 days to film. It probably was that way because Mike Nichols made sure everthing was perfect, every shot was what he envisioned, and every performance was what he wanted to get out of his actors. Now it’s just say action make sure the camera is in focus then yell cut and move on to the next shot because we don’t have anytime. But I do think Hoffman isn’t saying “all” the current movies are bad, obviously there are some great movies out there but I think he is so correct about studios pressuring on time crunches is a problem and the whole notion of your movie must make money to be sucessful. In the age of Netflix, sucess takes time for some movies. Quartet was a sweet little movie that was given a horrible distribution time and if it wasn’t for Maggie Smith’s Golden Globe nomination, I probably would have never heard about it. I would love to see Hoffman make another movie I think he showed promise from that movie. Going to the money issue, I think it has to do with studios not using their heart to say yes or no nowadays. They produce so many movies at once that they don’t bother to really pick passion projects rather than movies that they think will make a lot of money. I also don’t think this has anything to do with the projects he has acted in recently this is more of an issue coming out of the director side of him. But for someone who has been in the industry for 50 years, Hoffman’s point of view should be noted for sure. I wish more actors like Nicholson and Beatty would join him and point out what’s so wrong about how the system works these days because those guys know how it works with the classics they have been apart of. 

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    Nessie
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    He’s right. Now we have at the cinema 1) remakes 2) sequels 3) superheros 4) cartoons 5) Young Adult Girl films and now 6) Disney’s live action remakes of their cartoons.

    Oh, and a handful of “prestige” indies for the Oscars.

    What else is there now? 

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    Pavel Romanov
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    He’s right. Now we have at the cinema 1) remakes 2) sequels 3) superheros 4) cartoons 5) Young Adult Girl films and now 6) Disney’s live action remakes of their cartoons.

    Oh, and a handful of “prestige” indies for the Oscars.

    What else is there now? 

    Exactly. But don’t forget about all the horror films with microbudgets. There is also a glut of independent film but almost all of that nowadays goes straight to “on demand.”

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