August 12, 2015 at 10:00 pm #191342
European films are the greatest films in the world, and are so much better than American films.
The majority of American films deal with the same topics – racism, sexism, homophobia, illness, war or poverty. Obviously not ALL of them do (I am discounting great independent films, but no one really cares about those, as they make like $10 at the cinemas).
European films can create something so simple and unique. Go look at a film like The Guard, or How To Get Ahead in Advertising, or The Bicycle Thieves. These films are better than any American film, even The Godfather and Citizen Kane, which are great films.
I am not saying American films are bad (there are some amazing ones), but a lot of them are starting to draw from the same bag of tricks that I mentioned above. And Hollywood is starting to notice…when was the last time an American won Best Director? FIVE YEARS AGO.
So tell me, in general, are American films or European films better? And its not fair to say that America is one country while Europe has many, because the US film industry is huge and much bigger than the European.August 13, 2015 at 8:41 am #191344
Whenever I am confronted with this, I think of Willem Dafoe’s “Carson Clay” from Mr Bean’s Holiday…..August 13, 2015 at 5:21 pm #191345
I suppose it’s probably true. It might be because European stages of cinema comes from such a varied cultures and voices whereas American films generally stick to one film culture. These days especially American films seem to be an increasingly smaller slice of the best movies being made in the world.
Historically speaking, the most interesting film movements in the world came out of France, Italy and Japan (especially post-war). In the last decade or so I would say the most interesting film scenes were in Iran, Korea, and Romania. It shifts gradually, though — I think American cinema might eventually benefit from a more globalized film market where more international filmmakers want to work with American productions (independently, of course) as a lot of the American filmmakers might work more in television or something. Even if you look at some of the most interesting and celebrated American films recently, so many of them are from foreign filmmakers.August 13, 2015 at 6:00 pm #191346
If you’re comparing European films to big budget American films then yes, but I think the independent films are generally on par with European films, albeit lacking in some variety. It seems ridiculous to compare the variety though, and I think it’s easy to underestimate how diverse it actually is. Imagine comparing Bergman to Godard to Fellini. All the same era, but wildly different styles and themes. Now compare Wes Anderson to Paul Thomas Anderson or Spielberg to the Coen Brothers. If you want to base it solely on diversity, then British Cinema would probably be the worst in the world. In general though, I’m just glad I can see the best of all regions.August 15, 2015 at 1:15 am #191347
At the end of the day it is all subjective. However, what is not subjective are the number of sales. In that category European drama films do better than American. American drama films do need a star-cast or exceptional critical reception to sell well, otherwise no chance in foreign territories (of course there are exceptions). On the other side, European drama films are mostly sold through their concept which is very important in several territories (e.g. Poland or the Ex-Yugoslavia countries, which are mostly sold as one territory).