July 22, 2004
Do Ideas Matter?
BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
I had to laugh the other day during a phone interview with former New York Post writer, Jerry Tallmer, who having apparently viewed "Orwell Rolls in his Grave", said "I remember Peter Mitchelmore, I worked at the Post with him in 1980." (At this point I thought: "Finally, some evidence that he existed." People were doing Google searches on this guy, but came up with nothing. They would say, "Are you sure you got this right?" "Yes, I interviewed the man in 1980 in his office.") Tallmer continued, "Yeah, Murdoch and his henchman did a job on us. Anyway, I was taken with a phrase in your movie used by Representative Sanders. He said 'you have reached a stage in American politics where the question is not a debate over ideas, the issue is whether ideas at all matter.' What do you think of that?"
The fact is, when Sanders said it to me 2 years ago I was initially confused and uttered something like "ehh?" But then the Congressman continued, "You seem like a nice guy, got any kids?" I nodded, "Two." "Great! why don’t we elect you?"
In another context, two years later, that phrase is still sinking in. "Do ideas matter?"
Since "Orwell Rolls in His Grave" began playing in festivals in October 2003, there have been some good reviews. Now, on the eve of the film’s New York release, notices and quotes are trickling in, not all good. With the above quote in mind here are the openings of two different reviews:
Ed Halter; Village Voice, July 19th, 2004
Ronnie Scheib; Variety, November 4th, 2003
What to make of the discrepancy?
Again later in the reviews:
Did these two reviewers watch the same movie; did both watch the entire film? I think it goes back to that question, "Do ideas matter?"
My guess is that reviewers who like the film will zero in on the ideas and likely get specific and quote the film, while reviewers who don’t will use words like bashing, broadsiding and partisan; the comments will probably be less specific with less quotes. They’ll probably mention the film’s rudimentary graphics.
To this I say, "The name of the production company is 'Sag Harbor – Basement Pictures.' We didn’t spend millions on the film, we spent thousands. To us 'Ideas Matter.'"
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