An interesting moment
“We went to bed at night knowing that we'd wake up in the future.”
B. Bertolucci, Before the Revolution (1964)
“Film, too, has its seasons. Silent film was spring, the Golden Era was summer, the cinema of the 1980s and '90s was winter. Are we headed toward a new spring?”
D. Thomson. The Whole Equation: A History of Hollywood (2004)
Are we truly living in an interesting moment in history? The question arises when we seem to realize that a combined effect of uncertainties, difficulties, and chaos is gathering above moviegoers' heads. An almost unprecedented strike is shaking the very foundations of the film industry, already affected by deep anxiety caused by the consequences of the recent pandemic and the ongoing transformation of a market uncertain about its own future. There is a looming threat that, after a two-year-period of enormous investments, financial resources might abruptly be curbed starting next season. Ticket sales in cinemas struggle to return to pre-pandemic levels, aside from the release of a small number of blockbusters, and this threatens the very survival of art-house and independent cinema. Lastly, fear is spreading at breakneck speed of the imminent changes that Artificial Intelligence will cause to the film industry's entire creative and productive chain. Not to mention climate change and an infinite war that are causing unspeakable destruction in local populations and growing anxiety in all of us.