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Sunday, May 23, 2004

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karen

AMD, do you come to praise Caesar or to bury him? As always, QT can't help but be confrontational and oddly intriguing. I like how you've commented here on how these "arbitrary and objective decisions" of awarding prizes based on merit, "this categorically is the best film of the best film festival," can be shaded by the moment and the personalities behind the awarding. That can be so easily lost when we look at lists of who won what for what year. And I agree with you that Farhenheit didn't really stand in any danger of not being released theatrically, but now even less so.

Aaron

KW ... I come bury Caesar while I praise him. And I wasn't trying to comment on whether or not the awards are justified by anyone's opinion. I was, however, simply trying to comment on how a certain ego we all know and love has once again tried to make himself bigger than the event in which he's participating. I don't know that he even does it deliberately, but it's there. I did read an interesting paragraph in the Variety story today commenting on how Gilles Jacob loaded the jury with Americans specifically to defuse any French hate should "Fahrenheit 9/11" win. Those smart French programmers.

But more important than all of this Karen is ... what the hell happened to cinecultist.com? You've disappeared from the blogosphere!

FIlmbrain

I'm glad you alluded to the Tarantino - Weinstein connection. I thought it, but didn't have the courage to write about it. I'm actually pleased the Moore film won, though one can't help but wonder if Weinstein put in a call to his pal Quentin. (Let's be honest, Harvey is NOT above doing something like that.) It's doubtful that QT could influence the jury anyway, but curious nonetheless. (Did you all catch Harvey BEAMING on Saturday when it was announced?)

Did you get to see the press conference yesterday? It was interesting to hear the jury defend their choices. QT said the decision was not polital, yet comments by Tsui Hark contradicted that.

Aaron

You didn't have the courage? You who was repeatedly posting Weinsteinisms from Biskind's book on your website? I don't believe it.

Filmbrain

Wasn't ready to deal with charges of creating a conspiracy. I got enough flack over the whole Disney censorship affair.

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