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Jonathan Jakubowicz and unnamed producer

“It’s a get-out-of-jail-free card.”

An unnamed producer, on how studios, filmmakers and stars have used the writers strike as an excuse to get out of projects.

“The difference is that Stalin had Eisenstein, and Chavez has a couple of soap opera directors making movies that no one wants to see.”

Exiled director Jonathan Jakubowicz, on comparisons of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez’s efforts to boost filmmaking to that of the Soviet dictator.

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