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À l'ombre d'Hollywood

Directed by Sylvie Groulx
Canada, 2000 (documentary, 112 minutes, French)
Also known as "In the Shadow of Hollywood"
À l'ombre d'Hollywood
Photo © National Film Board of Canada

Film Description:
"The world of cinema is undergoing another massive transformation. Forget the talkies, forget post-war neo-realism, forget film noir, new wave, world cinema ... the new millennium is all about huge entertainment complexes that overwhelm us with sensory bombardment. In the Shadow of Hollywood examines this assault on our senses through interviews with directors, producers, writers and other experts in the film industry. Notable figures such as Arthur Penn, Bertrand Tavernier, Alain Tanner, Agnieszka Holland, Marin Karmitz, Denys Arcand, Margarethe von Trotta, Andrzej Wajda and Milos Forman speak out with passion and humour, acceptance, indignation, discouragement and hope. The questions addressed are 1) How did the movies become a strategic American industry whose goal is dominance of the world's screens? 2) How have American films captured the imagination of audiences the world over? 3) Considering the Hollywood penchant for happy endings, is it still possible to create films that are 'great art'?"
-- National Film Board of Canada (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Sylvie Groulx
Produced by: Éric Michel
Narrator: Élise Bertrand
Participants: Denys Arcand, Anne-Marie Bidaud, Luciana Castellina, Milos Forman, Claude Fournier, Agnieszka Holland, Marin Karmitz, Todd McCarthy, Jonathan Nossiter, Arthur Penn, Leslie Quinton, Roland Smith, Jean-Charles Tacchella, Alain Tanner, Bertrand Tavernier, Daniel Toscan du Plantier, Margarethe Von Trotta, Andrzej Wajda, Irwin Winkler
Cinematography: Michel La Veaux
Film Editing: France Pilon
Music: Robert M. Lepage
Production Company: Office national du film du Canada / National Film Board of Canada

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