Mid-way through a justified lambasting of the creaky Arvo Part sulking of late Godard ('the man who idolised Tashlin appears not to have seen The Simpsons'. You know, a post on JLG, who I'm decidedly ambivalent about, has been planned for oh, ages...) Colin MacCabe adds the following in a footnote. A strangely invigorating assertion, I think.
'There can be no denying, however, that the Hollywood cinema is to all intents and purposes dead. This should not surprise. If we look at the vital lifetimes of the Elizabethan stage or Attic tragedy they hardly stretch two decades while Hollywood had nearly eight. Even in the nineties occasional flickers like Groundhog Day and A Perfect World recalled former greatness'
from Godard, 2002