Hollywood producing ‘crap’ for last 15 years – Russian TV boss

Modern US cinema is “juvenile” and all serious storytellers went to TV, said the director of Russia’s Channel One

Hollywood producing ‘crap’ for last 15 years – Russian TV boss

The American movie industry has devolved into producing garbage for infantile audiences, Konstantin Ernst, the head of Russia’s Channel One, said on Thursday at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).

“On the one hand, Hollywood is truly the biggest movie-making machine in the world. On the other hand, Hollywood has been producing so much crap for the last 15 years,” Ernst said during a SPIEF discussion about Russian cinematography.

“serious people” left to make TV series instead, because the movies “have become juvenile.” 

endorsed piracy as a way of retaliating. Russian movie theaters have done brisk business showing domestic productions, however.

Ernst argued that the biggest obstacle for domestic industry was what he described as the “masochist psyche” nurtured in Russians throughout the 20th century, which manifests itself in believing that anything foreign-made was better.

Channel One recently produced the first-ever movie filmed in outer space, ‘The Challenge’, which was theatrically released in April. In interviews promoting the release, Ernst said that the cast and crew were all fans of the 2013 Hollywood blockbuster ‘Gravity’, but while the US movie was all CGI, the Russian feature was “made with real butter.”

“cave paintings.”

“You will be surprised, but I do not consider cinema an art, although I have been working in it all my life,” said the 70-year-old, who directed ‘White Tiger’ (2012) and ‘Ana Karenina: Vronsky’s Story’ (2017).