Friday, April 09, 2010
British or American?
So: Star Wars -- is it a British or an American film? Most people would say it's American. It was shot mostly in Britain (and a bit in Tunisia and some in California). But the director, George Lucas, is a US citizen. So Star Wars = American film.
OK, but what about Blade Runner? Shot in LA. But directed by Ridley Scott, an Englishman. So that's British, right? No. It's financed by a major American studio therefore it's... no it's not -- it was actually financed by a consortium wasn't it? And they were mostly British if I'm not mistaken (and I could be, I'm only fuzzy on this.)
Alien then was clearly a British film. It was shot in Britain, with a British director (Ridley again). But with Fox's money so it's an American film.
Aliens must surely be American because it was written and directed by an American and shot in Britain with American money.
How do you actually make a British film then? Aren't all movies, seemingly by definition, American? Maybe any movie which gets a major release in the US (not an art-house release) is "American" all others are "art".
I can't even begin to ask about "Lord of the Rings" or "District 9". Let's just call them all "American" and get it over with. Even if they're shot in New Zealand and South Africa. With writers and directors from those places.
Hmm. I wonder how America became the default location for film production (outside of Bollywood)?
Or maybe we should just all give up trying to have different countries. As long as the English don't irk us with their nanny state and we try to not be jerks about the environment. It'll be like the old joke where the English are the policemen, the French are the chefs, and the Swiss run the trains. The Americans will do what? 40 years ago we could have said "The Americans hand out money." How about: "The Americans pretend that their culture is the right one and everyone else pretends that they don't do anything the Americans do even if the Americans got it from us first."
Yeah. That makes as much sense as Star Wars being an American film. Or this baby hippopatamus. I say we just have one big State and everyone gets to vote for President of the United States. But only citizens of the US are given Telecaster guitars as part of their birth right.
More screwdrivers, Drew?