BIG WIDE WORLD
have read GLOBAL CROSSING part one, The Movies. In
my opinion, another way of global crossing should become habitual
for American moviemakers. That is: make movies in other countries
are certain benefits which are culturally more agreeable:
using citizens of the respective country – say, Indonesia
– as helpers, technicians, actors, assistants
local environments, material, social as well as natural
using local culture: dress, dance, traditions, music etc.
filmmakers, for instance, would learn a lot from the way Americans
make movies, and will be encouraged to make better films.
American moviemakers would also learn from the country they
work in. They will get ideas they have never had before.
God's Hands is a good example of a recent American movie
made for a considerable part in Indonesia. The filmers did
many things with Indonesian elements which never entered the
minds of Indonesian filmers. However, they use only American
music, even though they must have heard lots of brilliant
local music while in Bali. I don’t understand this side of
this kind of “global crossing” is wrong. And if they just
employed enough of our film people, we would have known a
few ‘secrets’ of good filmmaking. By the way, In God’s Hand
is a very good movie with a unique story. It is now available
around the world struggle to shore up their local cultures
in the face of pervasive and seductive American popular culture.
Are Americans the bad guys? Part I - The Movies. By
Jack Miles & Douglas McLennan