Written by Alexi Kaye Campbell
Cinema, as much as we may want to think of it in different terms, is in fact a business, with a bottom line to be met and money to be made. So while it is a nice thought that cinema may be this “thing” that allows for either self-expression or the depiction of some common human truth, at the end of the day that art, that creative expression can only be possible if it proves to make a dollar. I start with this sentiment only because Woman in Gold, a film with mostly positive critical response, has made a residence at my local independent art-house cinema, taking up one of only three screens in the building in favor of other very interesting films the theater could choose to go with. However, this choice makes sense, given the theater’s main demographic, proprietors, and benefactors. So I was not surprised, nearly a month into its stay at the theatre, to attend a screening with a good crowd.