Serious filmmaking has Hollywood playing second fiddle

Outside the Carlton Hotel, workmen have pasted a giant poster of Robert Downey Jr. in blackface, promoting his part in the upcoming Ben Stiller comedy, Tropic Thunder. The garish image is a reminder that Cannes is in the business of selling what most people call movies as well as what cinephiles call cinema.

Each year, headlines out of Cannes treat the event as an improbable David and Goliath showdown between art cinema and Hollywood, but increasingly the festival is bridging the gap. When the 61st festival gets under way tonight, the glitterati and press of the movie world will gather to watch a darkly allegorical film called Blindness, about an epidemic that takes away people's sight and leaves them stumbling about in a hellish world of violence and deprivation.

(The Globe and Mail)

Film Business, Film Festival, Hollywood

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