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Qualities Of Better Film #20 of 31: RECOGNITION OF FILM HISTORY

What are a film’s precedents, be it in subject matter or approach? When working on a similar terrain as other artists, a fimmaker is extending that dialogue. How do they acknowledge they are continuing this conversation, and then allow the audience to participate in it too? In this day and age of internet downloads and dvd delivery, it is hard to imagine that a filmmaker wouldn’t do the research and look to see how other people have attempted to solve similar problems or tell similar stories. Not everyone may subscribe to the notion that it is our responsibility to move the discussion forward, but to ignore the past is nothing but lazy.

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