15 Sep '11, 10am

Comic book movies is for low expectations audience

Comic book movies is for low expectations audience

TORONTO : Director William Friedkin on Tuesday decried a trend in infantile cinema with stories ripped from comic books, at the North American premiere of his new film "Killer Joe." "It's harder and harder to do (original adult material) in this climate of American film... which is mostly concerned with movies that are comic books, and remakes," he said. The icon of 1970s cinema said his own classic films "The French Connection" (1971), which won him an Oscar for best director, and "The Exorcist" (1973) would not be made today by movie studios. "The audiences have changed," he lamented. "They are conditioned by television and television is aimed at the lowest common denominator... their expectations are lower." Also, "the studios, when I started directing, were run by people who had made films," he said. "Today they're former agents or lawyers and (the studios) are owned b...

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