Dustin Hoffman: Cinema is 'worst' it has been in 50 years

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Two-time Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman criticized the current state of cinema, saying it's at the lowest point it has been in the half a century that he has been working.

"I think right now, television is the best that's it ever been, and I think it's the worst that film has ever been; in the 50 years that I've been doing it, it's the worst," he said in an interview with U.K. newspaper The Independent.

Hoffman's cinematic issues appear to stem from the increasing financial demands on directors to complete their films more quickly, pressures he says weren't there when he first started out in the industry.

"It's hard to believe you can do good work for the little amount of money these days," he said. "We did The Graduate and that film still sustains. It had a wonderful script that they spent three years on, and an exceptional director with an exceptional cast and crew, but it was a small movie, four walls and actors, and yet it was 100 days of shooting."

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 30: Dustin Hoffman arrives at the BAFTA Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 30, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
Actors Dustin Hoffman and Dame Judi Dench pose for photographers upon arrival at the screening of Esio Trot in London, Wednesday, Nov. 12 2014. (Photo by Grant Pollard/Invision/AP)
Actor Dustin Hoffman and wife Lisa Hoffman pose for photographers upon arrival at the screening of Esio Trot in London, Wednesday, Nov. 12 2014. (Photo by Grant Pollard/Invision/AP)
Dustin Hoffman, left, presents the Albert R. Broccoli award to Judi Dench for worldwide contribution to entertainment at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Dustin Hoffman arrives at Target Presents AFI Night at the Movies in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Dustin Hoffman attends the BlackBerry Bold party held in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008. (AP Photo/Phil McCarten)
Dustin Hoffman smiles at a press conference in the Dorchester Hotel, London, Tuesday Jan. 25, 2005, where he is promotig his new film "Meet the Fockers." (AP Photo/John D McHugh)
Actor Dustin Hoffman talks about being directed by John Schlesinger in his 1969 film "Midnight Cowboy," at a BAFTA/LA tribute to the filmmaker in Los Angeles, Sunday, May 19, 2002. (AP Photo/Lucy Nicholson)
Actor Dustin Hoffman gestures during a news conference at his lawyer's Los Angeles office Monday, Jan. 25, 1999. Hoffman, who was awarded $1.5 million after suing LA magazine for publishing computer-altered image of him in an evening gown and heels, said he enjoyed watching the legal sparring between his attorneys and the publication. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Actor Dustin Hoffman arrives at the Hollywood Awards Gala in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Monday Oct. 27, 2008. (AP Photo/ Matt Sayles)
Dustin Hoffman, a cast member in the film "Last Chance Harvey," arrives at AFI Fest 2008 in Los Angeles, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
US movie star Dustin Hoffman clowns around as he poses for photographers at the terrace of his hotel during the International Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, French Riviera on Friday May 10, 1996. Hoffman is here to announce plans for his film production company.(AP PHOTO/Rhonda Birndorf)
Actor Dustin Hoffman clowns around as he poses for photographers at the terrace of his hotel during the International Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, on the French Riviera on Friday May 10, 1996. Hoffman is here to announce plans for his film production company.(AP Photo/Rhonda Birndorf)
FOR USE WITH FEATURE PACKAGE FOR SUNDAY, MAR. 2--FILE--Dustin Hoffman looks over the stockinged leg of actress Anne Bancroft, his seductress in this scene from the 1967 film "The Graduate." The movie, which is being reissued to theaters in a fresh print, won an Oscar for its director, Mike Nichols. (AP Photo/Files)
Dustin Hoffman in the "Graduate" a Mike Nichols-Lawrence Turman Production. This is a April 1968 handout. (AP PHOTO)
Still picture from the movie "Wag the dog" shows American actor Dustin Hoffman. The film directed by Barry Levinson will be awarded with the Special Jury Prize, a Silver Bear, at the 48th International Film Festival in Berlin. (AP Photo/HO)
Sally Field, best actress for "Norma Rae," and Dustin Hoffman, best actor for "Kramer vs. Kramer," pose with their respective Oscars at the 52nd annual Academy Awards show in Los Angeles, Calif., on April 14, 1980. (AP Photo)
Actor Dustin Hoffman is seen during an interview at a London, England, hotel where he is promoting his new comedy "Accidental Hero," on January 28, 1993. (AP Photo/Gill Allen)
Actor Dustin Hoffman and his wife Lisa Gottsegen attend the premiere of Hoffman's new film "Tootsie" in Los Angeles, Dec. 10, 1982. Hoffman portrays a female hospital administrator on a soap opera in the movie. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
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Having made his directorial debut in 2012 with Quartet, the British comedy-drama starring Maggie Smith and Billy Connelly, Hoffman added that he hadn't yet found another project to sink his teeth into.

"I'm looking at everything that comes to me, I'm not getting much as far as directing is concerned," he said. "I don't think that has anything to do with whether you are good or not, it's just about whether your films make money or not."


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