George Lucas' THX 1138 was the first and very nearly the last film produced by Francis Ford Coppola's indie studio American Zoetrope. As the excellent documentary included on the DVD, A Legacy of Filmmakers, explains, Zoetrope bet the company on Lucas' film, and its failure to impress Warner Bros. executives nearly bankrupt Coppola and his company.
It's not hard to see why studio execs would find the film puzzling. It is neither your average science fiction film nor your average independent film. When Warner Bros. agreed to fund the film, they were hoping to get a movie that appealed to the same audience that embraced Easy Rider a few years earlier. Instead they got a heady, avant-garde science fiction movie that appealed more to cineastes than to stoners.
|:: posted by Donald Melanson, 10/25/2004|| Comments (0)|
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