Experimental artists are often overshadowed by their more precocious and more flamboyant conceptual counterparts. Yet Clint Eastwood's success demonstrates that dictatorship is not the only way to make great movies.
"The key to cooking is your attitude. You must have complete confidence that whatever you do will be wonderful." That was one of the bits of advice that my late friend, Ismail Merchant, passed on to me in 1990.
After weeks of silence, the Iranian government has said it detained internationally acclaimed filmmaker Jafar Panahi for making an anti-government film inside his house. His family completely denies the accusation.