Inside Move: Tackling the taboo

Allen looks to indies for attack insights

Woody Allen says terrorism and the events of Sept. 11 are likely to be taboo to Hollywood but “fair game” to indie filmmakers.

Speaking at the National Film Theatre in London on Sept. 27, the quintessential New York helmer said: “I think there will be a lot of trepidation in commercial cinema about that subject matter. I am sure the people in Hollywood, whose main drive in films is to make money, would feel any reference or use of the word hijack or any reference to anything violent or remotely associated to that terrible tragedy would lose customers for them.”

He added: “But any of the genuine artists working in film could very, very likely have ideas and inspiration that revolve around this tragedy or any tragic event, and they won’t hesitate to make films because what is important to them is not the box office but confronting the problem and trying to have some sort of insight into the problem.”

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