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Movies made me

They are art, big business and soft power—but movies are a lot more than just that. On a six-hour flight, I worked out exactly what it is about cinema that makes it matter to me

By Mark Cousins   June 2008

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My partner is a therapist. She treats people who have suffered sexual assault, torture and other major traumas. I am a movie guy. When we go somewhere, therefore, I am the light relief. She gives me gravitas; I give her a hint of showbiz, a bit of bling. We’re a bit like the Sarkozys in reverse.

I’m used to being the bauble. Look at a typical issue of this magazine. My film column, “Widescreen,” nestles beside articles on business, politics, medicine, foreign policy and the environment. How can I not feel a…

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