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# A consumer survey of independent feature films revealed that

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A consumer survey of independent feature films revealed that the percentage of action films that received the survey's highest rating was greater than the percentage of romance films that received highest rating. Yet, the survey organisers were probably erroneous in their conclusion that subject matter determines a feature film's popular appeal, since the action films were all directed by filmmakers with at least one hit film to their credit, while the romance films were directed by newer filmmakers, many of whom had not produced a previous film.

Each of the following, if true, supports the author's contention that the organisers misinterpreted the survey data EXCEPT:

A. The fact that one has directed a previous hit film is a positive indicator of that director's filmaking talent
B.Consumer ratings of a new film are influenced by the previous history of success of the film's director.
C.Action films generally require larger budgets than romance films and are thus prohibitive for many first-time film makers.
D.It is rare for films of first time directors to attain the popular appeal of films directed by film makers with at least one hit film to their credit
E.Directors who have produced a previous hit film generally obtain the largest budgets and attract the most talented and well-known actors for their subsequent films

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24 Aug 2006, 14:54
Tricky question

I think this might be E, because in order for E to support the argument we need to know whether megastars influence the type of the movie, so can't blame it directly on action vs. romance movie

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24 Aug 2006, 15:03
Facts:
1) Survey shows: %age action > % Romance.

2) Filmaker: Subject matter is important.
3) Author : HIT Directors (Action films > Romance films)

A, B, E aggrees.

C and D.....remains.

C looks better

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24 Aug 2006, 15:09
A. The fact that one has directed a previous hit film is a positive indicator of that director's filmaking talent
-> So movies made by such a director are likely get higher ratings. Out.

B.Consumer ratings of a new film are influenced by the previous history of success of the film's director.
-> So the action movies would have higher ratings. Out.

C.Action films generally require larger budgets than romance films and are thus prohibitive for many first-time film makers.
-> The answer. Action movies may require larger budgets, but this argument does not refer to the quality/rating of the movie.

D.It is rare for films of first time directors to attain the popular appeal of films directed by film makers with at least one hit film to their credit
-> So the romance films are likely to have lower ratings. Out.

E.Directors who have produced a previous hit film generally obtain the largest budgets and attract the most talented and well-known actors for their subsequent films
-> Better resources would lead to better and more successful movies. Out.
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24 Aug 2006, 15:13
C was my 2nd choice because of this:

since the action films were all directed by filmmakers with at least one hit film to their credit, while the romance films were directed by newer filmmakers, many of whom had not produced a previous film.

now, C says that newer filmmakes could only produce ROMANCE movie, because ACTION movies cost a lot and are PROHIBITED from production by newbies... doesn't this support the fact mentioned above???

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24 Aug 2006, 15:17
E.Directors who have produced a previous hit film generally obtain the largest budgets and attract the most talented and well-known actors for their subsequent films
-> Better resources would lead to better and more successful movies. Out.

you and I know this (blue part)... but this is an inference in question because we're never told this anywhere...

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24 Aug 2006, 15:28
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C was my 2nd choice because of this:

since the action films were all directed by filmmakers with at least one hit film to their credit, while the romance films were directed by newer filmmakers, many of whom had not produced a previous film.

now, C says that newer filmmakes could only produce ROMANCE movie, because ACTION movies cost a lot and are PROHIBITED from production by newbies... doesn't this support the fact mentioned above???

Yeah - I wasn't too sure about this one. The author says the result is wrong because experienced ppl make the action movies. All the options, save C, try to prove that experienced movie-makers have better resources/ratings.

C only shows that newer film-makers tend to make romance movies, but nothing more than that. It does not oppose the authors comment, but it does not support it as well!

At least, thats wt I thought Will wait for OA/OE...

As for your point about E, even in option A a previous hit is a positive indicator about the directors talent, but the directors talent is not something we've been told about! I did think about the point you are making, but...
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24 Aug 2006, 19:39
Come on guys, do you really think Tomb Raider would have been such a blockbuster sellout had Angelina Jolie not been the center of attention??

(E) points to a general common sense approach, instead of a misinterpretation of data.

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24 Aug 2006, 22:38
I still think it is C
whats the OA
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25 Aug 2006, 00:07
A. The fact that one has directed a previous hit film is a positive indicator of that director's filmaking talent
-> So movies made by such a director are likely get higher ratings. Out.

B.Consumer ratings of a new film are influenced by the previous history of success of the film's director.
-> So the action movies would have higher ratings. Out.

C.Action films generally require larger budgets than romance films and are thus prohibitive for many first-time film makers.
-> The answer. Action movies may require larger budgets, but this argument does not refer to the quality/rating of the movie.

D.It is rare for films of first time directors to attain the popular appeal of films directed by film makers with at least one hit film to their credit
-> So the romance films are likely to have lower ratings. Out.

E.Directors who have produced a previous hit film generally obtain the largest budgets and attract the most talented and well-known actors for their subsequent films
-> Better resources would lead to better and more successful movies. Out.

Perfect explanation. In CHEN's style:
C - 99%
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25 Aug 2006, 01:39
C for me....

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25 Aug 2006, 01:53
Yup C for me too...

Somehow all others indicate that better directors make better films than better subject matter. This might be through attracting talent, more resources or something else... But all go for it...

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25 Aug 2006, 04:32
The OA is C.

However, doesn't C and E have very similar line of reasoning? i.e. bigger budgets. Is E eliminated simply b/c it mentions additional items other besides budgets?

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25 Aug 2006, 04:39
late but C.

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25 Aug 2006, 09:04
In the statement it is said that "..action films were all directed by filmmakers with at least one hit film to their credit.."

E says "Directors who have produced a previous hit film generally obtain the largest budgets and attract the most talented and well-known actors for their subsequent films"

As a result, actions films tend have more chances of having higher rating. Here you can see that E is supporting author's statement
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