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Lacking Culture, Italian Style

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Because art films are foreign and Italians are stupid heads!

No really, as David Ehrlich/Criterion Corner points out in the above ad that wound up causing Martin Scorsese to engage in one of the first pro-“cultural vegetable” statements via a letter to the editor at the New York Times (reprinted and found here).

Note the Blockbuster cameo and how “foreign” cinema isn’t nearly as awesome as explosions when drinking beer. Or, as Scorsese wrote, “it seems the commercial equates “negative” associations between women and foreign films: weakness, complexity, tedium. I like action-adventure films too. I also like movies that tell a story, but is the American way the only way of telling stories?”

Well, duh. The song says so.


Written by john lichman

November 14, 2011 at 12:10 pm

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