About the movies – 1969 / 2022

Posted on January 2, 2023


I read this passage — which is a kind of epilogue to Pauline Kael’s review of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. It was written in 1969, and what she says seems to resonate with what we are going through today. For your comments / consideration (additions in square brackets are mine):

Just when there are audiences who may be ready for something, the studios [or producers] seem to be backing away, because they don’t understand what these audi­ences want. The audiences themselves don’t know, but they’re looking for something at the movies. This transition into the seventies is maybe the most interesting as well as the most confusing period in American [or Indian] movie history, yet there’s a real possibility that, because the tastes of the voting audience are changing so fast, the already tottering studios [or producers] will decide to minimize risks and gear production straight to the square audience and the networks [or OTT].