Re: Public libraries and video collections

MileFilms@aol.com
Mon, 13 Dec 1999 12:01:02 -0800 (PST)

Although a 100 top film list is seemingly a good idea (I have my own doubts,
but they're minor), I do have a small objection from one of the posters who I
won't name since it might have been a casual thought and not a real
prejudice.

<<I do like the idea of a list of 100 titles that should be in every
collection but I'd rather see it come from librarians - not distributors.>>

Film distributors do indeed value their own films highly -- we wouldn't be in
the business unless we were passionate about what we do. And as an owner, I
wouldn't be investing oodles of my own money in a film unless I loved it. And
yes, our personal tastes might be too highfalootin' for the common audience.
(Though my films-for-the-fun-of-it list would definitely lean to Andrew
Bergman rather than Ingmar Bergman)

At the same time, we see many, many more films than the typical person, talk
about films all day with many, many people (from critics to filmmakers to
professors to individuals to yes, librarians) and do admire films that other
people distribute. I think that most distributors have an idea of what
librarians and their public look for in films. (Okay, maybe not the librarian
who objected to the Emperor's New Clothes, but the rest of them). No
distributor I know is in it for the money, trust me.

I think a "Film Distributor Sensitivity" class is in order for the poster.
Now everybody, repeat after me, "Film distributors are my friend..."

Dennis Doros
Milestone Film & Video