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February 01, 1988|RICK SHERWOOD | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

Film maker David Puttman, who's been lying low since forced out as Columbia Pictures chairman last fall, is speaking his mind again. In a interview handed out by Eastman Kodak to publicize its Feb. 9 testimonial luncheon honoring him for efforts in fostering young movie talent, the British producer was chocked full of fighting words. Pondering Hollywood's "virulent greed," Puttnam told the Kodak interviewer: "What's really rather shocking to me is over and over again the same phrase is used, which I've found very offensive, which is 'You have to understand David--this is the American way." If "directors, actors and their agents" are really getting stronger, he continued, "why are most pictures so bad?"

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