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December 1, 2006 / * ()
The Nativity Story
Flannel Pajamas
3 Needles
Candy
10 Items or Less
Zen Noir, Vajra Sky Over Tibet, Turistas


Commentary: Roger Ebert's 2007 Video Yearbook
From the Introduction: In six decades there have been three revolutions in the way movies are distributed. The first was in 1948, when the Supreme Court found the big studios in violation of antitrust laws and ordered them to sell their theater chains. Until then, the majors owned theaters and booked their own movies into them; afterward, the playing field was more level for independent producers. The second came when �platforming� was replaced by mass national bookings of major new films. For decades, a new film would open in a few big markets, typically New York and Los Angeles, and then trickle through to the rest of the country. This provided a way for audience word-of-mouth to spread and was a godsend for smaller films that needed time to win a reputation. Three films that especially benefited from platforming were "Bonnie and Clyde," "My Dinner with Andre," and "Chariots of Fire."

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