No four-wall

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor:

Your story about the ongoing controversy dealing with the ban against mailing Academy screeners (“DreamWorks books forum for ‘Fog,'” Oct. 7) states that John Cassavetes’ “A Woman Under the Influence” engaged in the practice of “four-walling.” Wrong.

From late 1974 through summer 1975, “A Woman Under the Influence” played in over 500 theaters, grossed more than $10 million and never four-walled a single screen, not even Century’s 110 Drive-In on Long Island, where it played for a week on a double bill with “Machine Gun McCain,” or Harlem’s Apollo Theatre, where it played for one and a half performances before it was mercifully pulled after playing to one paying customer.

I should know. It was the first independent movie I distributed (working for John’s Faces International Films).

And not that you asked, but I stand firmly against Jack Valenti’s latest folly. Hey, didn’t he used to be a politician? Maybe it’s time for the Los Angeles Times to write an expose about how many independent films he’s molested in his past.

Jeff Lipsky

The author is co-founder October Films, Lot 47 Films

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