Monday, February 23, 2004

Red and Blue Movies?

Get Religion, the nifty new religion journalism blog from Terry Mattingly and Doug LeBlanc, asks a question about movie distribution paralleling political or cultural divisions in light of reports that Bertolucci’s new The Dreamers is targeting urban sites. “Is this reference to ‘more conservative’ zones and theaters the flip side of the much-discussed decision by Mel Gibson and his Icon company to steer copies of The Passion of the Christ toward more culturally conservative parts of the map (think Dallas suburbs) and away from more culturally liberal sectors (think Manhattan)?” The whole red v. blue division is dubious, but there are some good questions asked in this post, particularly about the way these items are covered in mainstream media outlets.

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