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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/6282/david-mamet-on-central-planning-of-culture/

David Mamet on Central Planning of Culture

February 20, 2007 by

A fascinating interview with playwright/screenwriter/director David Mamet by Charlie Rose (jump to 29:00) features his comments on economics and Hollywood (jump to 36:00). The interview is about his book Bambi Vs. Godzilla: On the Nature, Purpose, and Practice of the Movie Business. He says that he has been studying economics and has been fascinated with the film industry as an exemplar of the free market. He explicitly rejects central planning of culture, “the commissar of culture” (state theaters, etc.) and celebrates the entrepreneur who he says must have “arrogance or, to put it differently, self-assurance” as they push for their vision while always keeping an eye on the audience. See Theatre and the State by Hans Frank for a brief overview of central planning of culture in the U.S. [Thanks Filmspotting]


Carl Marks February 20, 2007 at 3:40 pm

Way off topic, but for anyone who has not seen it, the movie “Bambi meets Godzilla” is a must see for any movie fan. Only two minutes long!

Rob February 21, 2007 at 5:49 am

Very interesting interview. I loved his comment about the feeling among some that because you can command an audience everyone therefore wants to hear your political opinions.

I guess that makes him the anti-Tim Robbins. No, more like the anti- Rob Riener. Or maybe the anti-John Ratzenberger. Or perhaps the extremely anti-George Clooney. Or the arch-anti-Sean Penn…..

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nicholas gray February 21, 2007 at 11:18 pm

Is it true that the DEA still tries to get film studios to insert anti-drug homilies into all sorts of scripts? The public wants to know!

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