B-movie studio fights for indie future

In a move sure to irritate the French, who take their elections and politics as seriously as their cuisine and culture, schlockmeister extraordinaire Troma Films has formed a political faction, Partie Tromatique Francaise, which will stage a demonstration May 21 in front of the Cannes landmark, the Carlton Hotel.

Its philosophy? “Give art back to the people,” according to its manifesto. Its heroes? The “brave students who protested against the evils of the World Trade Organization.”

But historians of the French Revolution take note: Troma seems to be recalling the spirit of 1789 with its egalitarian stance on art and entertainment and its idea that “the world is becoming the private domain of a privileged few. Movie theaters, video chains, TV networks and museums must be freed from the stranglehold of” cartels. Can this be accomplished by putting “Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV” and “Chopper Chicks in Zombietown” on the selling block rather than by putting Sumner Redstone and Rupert Murdoch on the chopping block?

Maybe those who forget history are doomed to repeat it — or at least watch the Troma oeuvre repeatedly.

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