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David Puttnam and Peter Florence

The Undeclared War

Hay Festival 1997, 
From their origins in the Victorian penny arcades through to their emergence as the key to the multi-million dollar "information superhighway" the movies, like so many other creative industries, have found themselves caught between the forces of art and commerce. Putnam argues that while establishing itself as a global force, Hollywood has devastated the European and Japanese film industries. Puttnam is the only European ever to run one of the great Hollywood syudios. His films include The Killing Fields, Loacl Hero, Chariots of Fire, Midnight Express and The Mission.