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musetap,

Good to see a familiar name.

I must be getting old. I'm having attacks of nostalgia for movies made thirty to fifty years before I was born.

Last evening I saw again, Jean Cocteau's "Beauty and the Beast" of 1946 and it has more magic in it than all of Harvey Plopper. And it's original. One of the tragedies of so much of modern film-making is that everything has to be a block-buster having a built-in audience, name-recognition, and positive market share analysis. I remember in the 70's the excitement around Truffaut, Bunuel, Fellini, Visconti, Fassbinder, Bergman, Wenders, and Herzog. They were all subsumed into the Spielberg Corporation.

Of course Walt Dismal had to make a musical version of B & the B and have a committee analyze each feature of Cocteau's and exaggerate it. There will be three sequels of the Dismal version, B & the B will have kids, one of which is a Beast. This presents an opportunity for the Beast family to go through various trials when Baby eats one his classmates in second grade, thereby demonstrating the glory of the American nuclear family, if they're patriotic, honest, and can afford good lawyers. Spoiler alert: Baby Beast starts a Christian rap group.

There are still many original movies made, but even those work to the established formulae and torture their fans with sequels.

Bambi B


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