It's an intellectual wasteland anyway, don't you know.
Hmmm, the old pot on the head effect, some real special effects wizards there...
Whatever happened to the iron claw, they didn't remake it.
Contrast French film in the 30s:
And these are the ones I could find that had the least to do with angst and tortured romance. I think I'd rather watch Americana going like gang busters and the pot on the head guy instead of artists trying to prove how arty they are. Europeans think that the American belief in heroes is quaint, Americans don't care what Europeans think.
[I might fix the links in this one. Stupid blogger breaks links on some file names and leaves others, hard to know what sets it off.]