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    December 29, 2011
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    [Talking about the movie business] See, I’m in an age group where it was rude to discuss money.  Now it’s all anyone cares about.  That’s why all the articles are about heads of studios and agents and bullshit.  I would never tell anybody what anything costs, not because of anything other than that it’s the wrong approach.  It puts the emphasis wrong.  You wouldn’t say, “Ooh, look—Rembrandt paid $20,000 for his paints, and Picasso only used $3,000.”  It’s crazy.  It has nothing to do with anything.  And it’s a totally accepted convention of our time. John Huston used to say, “We can make movies good and we can make ‘em bad.  Bad is just more expensive.”  I’m from that late-’50s, ’60s underground American film movement that honestly believes you can make money on any subject for any price.  What’s hard to do is change what is formally acceptable to a movie audience.  [The sex, violence, and expensive pyrotechnics] That’s what’s wrong with the movies.  It’s this cycle of melodrama and mayhem, which I frankly thought would be over with now.  You think, How long is the circus going to be the only form of entertainment that people really get stoked by?  But that’s the generalization.  —Jack Nicholson

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Helena Protopapas's picture
on December 29, 2011




[Talking about the movie business] See, I’m in an age group where it was rude to discuss money.  Now it’s all anyone cares about.  That’s why all the articles are about heads of studios and agents and bullshit.  I would never tell anybody what anything costs, not because of anything other than that it’s the wrong approach.  It puts the emphasis wrong.  You wouldn’t say, “Ooh, look—Rembrandt paid $20,000 for his paints, and Picasso only used $3,000.”  It’s crazy.  It has nothing to do with anything.  And it’s a totally accepted convention of our time. John Huston used to say, “We can make movies good and we can make ‘em bad.  Bad is just more expensive.”  I’m from that late-’50s, ’60s underground American film movement that honestly believes you can make money on any subject for any price.  What’s hard to do is change what is formally acceptable to a movie audience.  [The sex, violence, and expensive pyrotechnics] That’s what’s wrong with the movies.  It’s this cycle of melodrama and mayhem, which I frankly thought would be over with now.  You think, How long is the circus going to be the only form of entertainment that people really get stoked by?  But that’s the generalization.  —Jack Nicholson