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Serge Lalou
Les Films D'ICI
12 Ru Clavel
75019 Paris
France

July 31, 1998

Re: GROUND ZERO

Dear Serge,

Sorry that it has been so difficult for me to get back to you with regards to GROUND ZERO but unfortuneately we have moved offices and it has taken a while to ge settled.

In any event, I have now had a chance to look at GROUND ZERO. It is an intriguing piece, much in the flavor of Robert's work but with more narrative. Nevertherless, I feel it still needs more dramatic structure in order to work, especially at the end as it feels inconclusive. What has TOM learnt? why is his brother so fond of him in the first place? These are some of the questions that came up. I felt TOM need more characterization, more structure which would enable us to understnad his actions better.

I cannot help you with this at the moment, I am going to pass, but I wish you all the best of luck raising the finance. Please keep me inform of how you progress and if I can be of any help along the way.

Thanks for getting back to me on this.

Best regards,

Teresa Monco
Miramax Films

 

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TITLE: GROUND ZERO
AUTHOR: KRAMER ROBERT

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SYNOPSIS:
TOM, 20, leaves the familial home in New York. His younger brother, Bob, pleads with him to come back. Tom wonders aimlessly, and finds himself under the wing of an Aikido Master. When he is a fully trained expert, Tom is convinced by his Master to take up paramilitary training, as he has exceptional observational and physical skills. Tom follows his Master's advice, but tires of private bodyguard. His boss is a wealthy American businessman, and he involves an unwitting Tom in an illicit deal. This deal leads to a murder to which Tom is a witness. Disillusioned with immorality, Tom returns to New York, where he becomes reunited with his brother, but also sleeps with his sister-in-law. Bob has inherited all the family money, and is successful. However, his son has been framed in a murder case, and remains in prison. Tom, via contacts in Japan, helps to have his brother's son released. Tom becomes even closer to his brother's wife, and considers the implications of his affections. However, he comes to no conclusion. He may leave America once again.

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TITLE: GROUND ZERO
AUTHOR: KRAMER ROBERT

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COMMENTS:
The writer demonstrates an inability to express ideas, feelings, thoughts and words in a coherent shape. It is impossible to guage what this story is about, as the author fails to give his story any sense of characterization, linear progression or logical shape. There is a tendency for the writer to go off on tangents without any thought to where they might lead. We do not know why Tom leaves home, why his brother is fond of him, and why they are reunited only for Tom to sleep with his wife. Ultimately, there is no sense in the story as it has a complete disregard for structure.

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SCRIPT: PASS
WRITER: PASS

 

 

 


 

From: Christopher Chase < cchase@amazon.com >
To: windwalk@imaginet.fr
Subject: Robert Kramer

Hello Robert,

About three years ago I came across an Interview with Ray Carney and he mentioned you as one of the two most important American filmmakers still working. I went to Boston U. for a semester and studied with Ray, and although I can recall holding a videotape of Milestones in his office one day, I still haven't seen your work aside from Point de Depart, which is as far as I can tell the only one of your films available here in the states (through Facets).

Last year I was living abroad in Lithuania and tried to make the Turin Retrospective of your work but alas, failed. Carney told me it was possible that most of your films would not be english subtitled anyway, but I don't know if this was or is the case with your films. I'm the typical uni-lingual American.

I'm writing an article for Amazon.com this week on American films of the past 30 years that have gone unnoticed in their own country (Morrissey, Jost, Rappaport, and Zahedi). I wish I could mention your work in my article but because we're in the business of selling what's on our site only, my editor said nay. (I might try to squeeze your name in there, though).

It's really amazing how little information is out there on your work. There's the desultory mention of Ice in some film books and Rosenbaum has published a few short reviews. Aside from Mekas' book, I haven'r been able to find anything else, other than of course your website.

I don't have a conclusion to this message. Other than to speak to you about the above.

Christopher Chase
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