Almodovar bemoans cinema's 'creative crisis'

12th May 2006, Comments 0 comments

12 May 2006, PARIS — Oscar-winning Spanish director Pedro Almodovar has claimed film is going through a terrible "creative crisis" because of the poor quality of today's screenplays.

12 May 2006

PARIS — Oscar-winning Spanish director Pedro Almodovar has claimed film is going through a terrible "creative crisis" because of the poor quality of today's screenplays.

Almodovar, who is competing in the 59th Cannes Film Festival with his latest work, 'Volver', made the comments in an interview with a French magazine.

The director said: "In Europe, as well as in the United States, for some time film has been going through a real creative crisis, without doubt the most serious in its history," he told the French weekly Le Nouvel Observateur.

"It's rather paradoxical, given that the crisis is occurring when the technical advances are extraordinary," Almodovar said.

If one considers the recent Oscars, one can't fail "to note that the (quality) level is incredibly low, while - in contrast - there are always very good actors", he claimed.

For the director of 'All About My Mother' and 'Talk to Her', which won Oscars in 2000 and 2003 respectively, the lack of attention being paid to film scripts "is a real shame".

"It's senseless to invest considerable sums on such insecure foundations, when the script is the cornerstone of the film," he said.

"It's as if now the essential thing is to get film stars together and prepare special effects," Almodovar said.

A screenplay like Steven Spielberg's 'War of the Worlds' (2005), he said, "is, as far as I'm concerned, a model of a script impossible to present to a producer".

"It's built on an idea, just one, that repeats and repeats and repeats without ceasing, and everything else is completely unwarranted," Almodovar said.

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Subject: Spanish news


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