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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 11., No. 9. 28th July 1948

Dear Sir,

What is Salient going to do about its film reviews? Either they should be omitted, or a competent reviewer should be appointed. In your last issue there are some paragraphs purporting to be a film review. I refer to the article headed "Raimu." This article is one of the worst of its kind that has ever appeared in Salient. The reviewer mentions that "the film was a hotch-potch of poor acting, where acting became evident." When people are only acting and not really living their parts then a film is bad, but when, as in this case, the people really live their parts the film is good. The majority of people do not go to a film to see the photography, but to enjoy the life portrayed by the film. I take it that your reviewer is an excellent photographer even if his general knowledge is not up to standard. Surely he knows that many French women are very fair and that many of them are albinos. However, he may rest assured that the odd "bottle blonde" is probably found in France. A reviewer should know a little about France before he attempts to review a French film.

I have been reading Salient film reviews since the days of "Whui" and feel that the sooner you find a reviewer who does not sleep through films as your present one evidently does, the more enjoyable Salient will be for those readers who hope to see the film reviews up to the previous standard.

Daphne Davey.