Are Europeans ”addicted” to American movies? German director Wim Wenders (Till the End of the World) thinks so, and he’s preaching a cold-turkey cure that Hollywood hates and that one British newspaper has likened to Nazism.
It started at Cannes last spring. Wenders, chairman of the European Film Academy, called for limiting distribution of U.S. movies in European theaters and banning violent imports that blow away Euro product at the box office.
Jack Valenti, head of the Motion Picture Association of America, calls the quota idea ”censorship,” sniping that Wenders ”has taken a lot of American money” as an art-house auteur. London’s Guardian even compared Wenders to Nazi Joseph Goebbels.
In Berlin shooting Far Away, So Close (a sequel to 1987’s Wings of Desire), Wenders had no comment, but is said by aides to be ”upset” at his new image as an anti-American hard-liner. Maybe he’s worried that George Bush’s new friend Mikhail Gorbachev, who has a cameo in Far Away, wouldn’t approve.