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Year of the Independent Film

By Adam Langer

After the huge success of "independent" films like Shine and The English Patient, both released in 1996, this was supposed to be the year of the independent film. And it was--as long as you've got a seven-figure budget and the backing of a major multinational corporation, you can be as independent as you like. That's right: lurking behind every allegedly low-budget Miramax sleeper is a pair of Mickey Mouse ears. Behind every Fine Line feature there's a grinning yachtsman with a wife named Fonda and a baseball team called the Atlanta Braves. Who are the independents dependent upon? Just follow the money.

For Roseanna

Love! Valour! Compassion!


distributed by Fine Line Features

a subsidiary of New Line Cinema

a subsidiary of Turner Broadcasting System

a subsidiary of Time Warner

How to Be a Player

Twin Town

distributed by Gramercy Pictures

a subsidiary of PolyGram Diversified Entertainment

She's So Lovely

Cop Land

Chasing Amy

Shall We Dance

Mrs. Brown

The House of Yes

distributed by Miramax

a subsidiary of Walt Disney

Ulee's Gold

distributed by Orion Classics

a subsidiary of Metromedia International Group

Dream With the Fishes

In the Company of Men

distributed by Sony Pictures Classics

a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Entertainment

The Full Monty

Star Maps

distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures

a subsidiary of 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

a subsidiary of Fox


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