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The Mad Max director claims that movies releasing first on streaming platforms are painful

George Miller, the director of Mad Max, has stated that it would be extremely difficult for him if one of his films were distributed on streaming rather than in theaters

There's little doubt that viewing the Mad Max flicks - particularly Fury Road – on the big screen improves them significantly. The magnificent visual narrative in Mad Max: Fury Road may have been over the top at times, but it's also what made the picture so fascinating and entertaining to watch. In an era where subscription streaming services are the standard, a spectacle picture like Fury Road was able to persuade people that going to the theater was worthwhile. Unfortunately, as if the cinematic release paradigm wasn't already in trouble, the Covid-19 epidemic has made it difficult, if not impossible, to watch films in theaters.

Miller holds firm in his belief that people should first and foremost see his films in theaters. Miller spoke on the necessity of theatrical release after his newest film, the wild dramatic-fantasy Three Thousand Years of Longing, opened out of competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Three Thousand Years of Longing, like numerous other major films this summer, will be available only in cinemas. A streaming release, he said Variety, would have been "extremely terrible" for him:

“It would be very painful to know that your movie will be first seen on streaming. There’s a commitment that they can’t change. MGM will release it at the end of August in 2,000 cinemas. There’s been no deal that MGM has made to stream the movie. At this moment, it will be a theatrical release. Seeing it in that cinema [the Palais], with that sound, that group of people, and knowing every little bit of work that we put into it, will be available to the audiences.”

Miller is not alone in wanting his pictures to be distributed in the usual manner. Highly regarded directors such as Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, and Martin Scorsese have all publicly complained about the likelihood of subscription streaming services being the primary means of release for so many films in the years thereafter. Tarantino even went so far as to argue that releasing streaming-only films is gloomy. It's a reasonable viewpoint given how cinema influenced these directors' life and how important the sensation of sitting in a dark theater is to the medium.

On the other hand, some contend that times change and film changes with them. The introduction of sound in film, for example, signified that the silent film period had ended and that new cinematic pathways would be explored. However, sitting in a cinema to see George Miller's films is an unquestionably unique experience. The following years will undoubtedly be divided in terms of how cinema is seen, with filmmakers like Miller refusing to give up on what they love.

Source: Variety

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