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Filmmakers don't need to avoid sensitive topics because of last month's terrorist attacks - as long as they tell a good story, said Motion Picture Association of America President Jack Valenti.

"I'm a great believer in making a movie that tells a story," Valenti said. "There are only about eight plot lines since the time of Sophocles and Euripides that still endure."

He said producers of the Arnold Schwarzenegger film "Collateral Damage," in which a firefighter confronts terrorists, responded to legitimate concerns when they postponed the opening from early October. But, he noted, the film's terrorists are eventually beaten by Schwarzenegger's character.

Valenti is urging filmmakers to continue their daily routines.

"Be fearful. Be anxious. That's OK. But do your job," he said.

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