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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 7, No. 3. May 3, 1944


The Magnificent Amber sons was due to screen at a first run theatre in Wellington at Christmas. It was delayed because Amalgamated Theatres considered that there would be no audience for such a dull and tedious film. Journey into Fear was not even given any advance billing; it Just appeared. And so both films, not very new Orson Welles productions, were screened to somewhat goggle-eyed audiences at a third-run bughouse.

What happened to these two films, and to Citizen Kane, and Our Town, and The Long Voyage Home, and Tobacco Road? All these have been high grade productions of an experimental type. I suppose they are too good for movie audiences. A correspondent of the Listener suggested that Gordon Mirams, the Listener critic, is slowly improving the taste and discrimination of New Zealand moviegoers with his intelligent film reviews. Well, much as I admire G.M. as a critic, I feel that even he can't raise the standard. It is sunk deep in the B-grade films and bogged there.