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Ben Affleck no longer believes in the future of cinema, "There will soon be more than 40 films a year"


The outputs of blockbusters at a frantic pace, the difficult recovery from the pandemic and competition series could, according to the 49 year-old actor, dig the grave of cinema.




, or

Spiderman: No Way Home

. This winter is charged remake or suites decades-old saga. A trend that exasperates some, like Ben Affleck. Actor and director confided his pessimism about the future of cinema, in an interview with

Entertainment Weekly


According to him, "

a thriller as


would not go out to the movies these days. And it is not out there long ago (

in 2012, Ed)


It would be a mini-series.

I think cinema films are going to become very expensive, and will only be events.

They're going to be mostly for young people, and will be kind of what Marvel does.

Soon there will be only 40 films a year in theaters, mostly franchises, sequels, animated films.


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This observation, the actor draws from the film

The Last Duel

, which he produced, scripted and in which he plays Count Pierre II d'Alençon. Released in October, this medieval drama flopped at the box office, and didn't receive the reception it felt it deserved.

“I have had ovens with bad films. It made me neither hot nor cold. I know why people didn't go - they weren't very good. But I like what we did with

The Last Duel

. I like our post. I am very proud of it. It is therefore very destabilizing. Then, I realized that the movie worked much better in streaming. This is where our audience is, ”

explains the 49-year-old actor.

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The actor also mentioned the increased competition from television series, become full of art works in recent years.


We were talking about

Narcos: Mexico




Mare of Easttown


There are these incredible things that are made on streaming platforms.



It's not just the stereotypical television like when we were kids.

And then, you could just look at it as my father, a black and white TV of 11 inches.


Marvel and Netflix, the scarecrows

Words far from being marginal among the stars of the cinema.

Already in 2013, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg gave a lecture to students at the University of Southern California.

The latter predicted then that

"there will be an implosion the day when three-four, even a half-dozen of these films with huge budgets will crash, and the model will change again"

as noted by



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In 2019, Martin Scorsese went in the same direction, opening a debate that has never been closed since. He believed then that the Marvel films were "

not cinema

" but "

amusement parks

". Faced with the volley of green wood he had received, the director of

Taxi Driver



had published a long column of explanation in the

New York Times

. “



are made to meet a specific set of demands and are designed as variations on a limited number of themes,

” he wrote.

These suites on form but remakes in mind (...).

This is the nature of modern film franchises: they are studied by the market, tested by the public, verified, modified, and approved remodifiées until ready to eat.


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A few weeks before the release of his film

The Irishman

on Netflix, Scorsese proclaimed that contemporary cinema was nothing more than an opposition between two visions


“There is global audiovisual entertainment, and there is cinema.

They still overlap from time to time, but it is increasingly rare

, “regretted the filmmaker.

Before concluding: "

And I fear that the financial domination of one is used to marginalize and even belittle the existence of the other."

Source: lefigaro

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