Why is it that today, not only in Europe,via A&L Daily
but all over the world,
"going to the pictures"
is synonymous with
"seeing an American film"?!
Because the Americans realized long ago
what moves people most
and what gets them dreaming.
And they radically implemented that knowledge.
The whole "American Dream"
is really an invention of cinema,
and it is now being dreamed by the whole world.
I don't want to discredit this,
but merely ask the question,
"Who is dreaming the European Dream?"
Or better: How are we encouraged to dream it?
Wim Wenders gave a speech recently in Berlin on American and European cinemas and cultures. The ideas are familiar but their transcription in verse gives them a kind of epic profundity: