facets

sgilliam@guilford.edu
Tue, 15 Jun 1999 07:38:46 -0700 (PDT)

I wonder about Facets.
I have ordered a number of foreign films from them over years, and have
been generally
well- satisfied with the company, and happy to find a single source for
such a variety of movies.
However....
It is a non-profit....and tax-exempt...
yet it markets very aggressively, sends out many fliers,
and seems to be competing directly with for-profit mail-order
video businesses.

Also, it relies heavily on sensational premotions.
Witness the current flier:
"100 best drive- in videos....hot stuff in French film!..."

Then, inside, this description of a film called
"Sizzle Beach,USA"... " ...this super-dumb, suber bad T&A flick
was sensibley shelved for more than a decade....this inept time-waster does
offer some compensation
in the form of the lovely, acting-impaired leading ladies who strut their
stuff in a nearly plotless tale of love
on the beach."

So why is Facets distributing this one, as well as so many other low-budget
howlers?
To make money (they're non-profit, remember)? Is this supposed to be
funny or what?
Where do they draw the line on what they will sell?