Film Follies: The Cinema Out of Order
Film Follies is about the greatest films that never should have been made. Stuart Klawans proposes that, as well as the auteurist film: where a director, operating within the studio system manages to an individual stamp on an assembly-line product. And, as well as the independent film, where the director, operating with a minimal budget and crew, can defy the conventions of generic filmmaking, there is a third, generally overlooked type of production, large, unwieldy, almost always a disaster at the box office, but fascinating to watch and consider. These are the follies, productions by filmmakers who, in the ambitious pursuit of a thoroughly idiosyncratic vision, somehow get their hands on the full resources of a studio.