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American? Charlie Chaplin was British. "Bridge on the River Kwai"

was directed by David Lean (British) and largely starred British actors. Same with "Lawrence of Arabia." I won't get into the Hitchcock films, but it seems to me that if the director and others involved in the actual film-making aren't American and most of the actors are not, what exactly is "American" about the film?

Many great "American" films, of course, were directed by recent immigrants, fleeing the Nazis. Similar immeasurable contributions were made to the "plastic" arts by other escapees. And to classical music, as well. Immigration. What a swell idea!


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