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Hollywood & third world

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By Alan Saldanha

I was 13 when I first watched a "Western" movie on screen. It was in a decrepit old theater with benches in the lowest two classes. When the gates opened, stampeding ensued. Some would dive and lie down prostrate on the benches. Those seats were reserved. Disputes arose frequently and one had to avoid being punched for that would mean getting a black eye. Sometimes it meant getting another one from a parent. In these cases there would be much recrimination from the biffed teen and even some promise of retribution from an elder brother who spoke of settling the score. One party would hold a right hand up in clenched fist. Profanity was ubiquitous.

When the screening commenced there was 10 to 15 seconds of an image of noughts and crosses in black and white and the audience sending paper balls flying at the screen. The credits and titles were shown to the accompaniment of music like........

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