Magazine October 4, 2010, Issue

Film: Total Immersion

Violante Placido and George Clooney in The American (Giles Keyte)
A review of The American

At times, it can feel as though television’s auteurs are making the movie industry irrelevant. Fifty years after phrases like “idiot box” and “vast wasteland” entered the American vocabulary, the long arc of a TV serial has officially proven itself a better vehicle for conveying psychological depth and sociological complexity than the 100-odd minutes available for the typical feature film. And from The Sopranos and The Wire to Breaking Bad and Mad Men, our small-screen storytellers have been exploiting this advantage to the hilt, turning out human dramas that put most of their cinematic competitors to shame.

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