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20th August 2005 23:55  #1

Elizabeth Hoff Member Join Date: August 2005 Location: United States Posts: 11
Hollywood's Franchise Mentality
There was a time when most movies had a clearly defined beginning, middle, and end.  When the end credits rolled, that was the last you saw of that movie.

Nowadays, movies are produced with an eye towards sequels and/or building "franchises" (Imagine for a moment a sequel to "Casablanca" ... or "Sunset Boulevard" ... or "Ben Hur".)

To me, there's just something lacking about Hollywood's current franchise mentality.  Whatever happened to the singular artistic vision of a John Ford, Frank Capra, or Billy Wilder?  Given Hollywood's current obsession with capturing the oh-so-important teen audience, could something as violent and gritty as "Dirty Harry" or "The Wild Bunch" even be made today?

IMO, a movie loses something when it's primed for a franchise by default.  It ceases to be art and becomes a mere commodity -- like breakfast cereal or shaving cream.


Enough rambling. Wink

21st August 2005 0:43  #2

Tony DeFrancisco Senior Member Join Date: July 2005 Location: United States Posts: 2,652
Quote: Originally posted by Elizabeth Hoff
To me, there's just something lacking about Hollywood's current franchise mentality.  Whatever happened to the singular artistic vision of a John Ford, Frank Capra, or Billy Wilder?  Given Hollywood's current obsession with capturing the oh-so-important teen audience, could something as violent and gritty as "Dirty Harry" or "The Wild Bunch" even be made today?
So, wait a minute. Do you want a remake of the films?

21st August 2005 3:18  #3

Jonny "Me You" Senior Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 2,863
Hey a girl! Welcome!

I think you're right, it's all about business now and not so much about creative direction or social commentary. With box office sales dwindling and people disenfrancaised with the quality of movies, I'm willing to bet there will be at least a short term turn around a year or so from now.

21st August 2005 14:25  #4

floyd dylan Banned Join Date: April 2004 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 913
I think the franchise should just be left to horror films such as Friday the 13th or A Nightmare on Elm Street.

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