American Audiences on Movies and Moviegoing by Tom Stempel

By Tom Stempel

" a different point of view on part a century of yank cinema -- from the audience's perspective. Tom Stempel is going past the reviews reviewers, targeting the evaluations of standard humans. He lines moving tendencies in style and style, reading and wondering the facility motion pictures have in American society. Stempel blends viewers reaction together with his personal observations and analyzes field workplace effects that establish the films humans really went to determine, not only these praised by means of the critics. warding off statistical precis, he provides the result of a survey on videos and moviegoing within the respondents' personal phrases -- phrases that shock, amuse, and worsen. The moviegoers reply: "Big undesirable airplane, vast undesirable bike, and massive undesirable Kelly McGillis." -- On most sensible Gun "All i will be able to remember have been the slave ladies and the Golden Calf series and the way it obtained me excited. My mom and dad should have been very happy with my enthusiasm for the Bible." -- On why a seven-year-old boy stayed as much as watch the 10 Commandments "I discovered the superb artwork of seduction by way of gazing Faye Dunaway smolder." -- A woman's response to seeing Bonnie and Clyde "At age fifteen Jesus acknowledged he will be again, he simply did not say what he might glance like." -- On E.T. "Quasimodo is each 7th grader." -- On why The Hunchback of Notre Dame may still play good with middle-schoolers "A moronic, very 'Hollywoody' script, and a host of dancing teddy bears." -- On go back of the Jedi "I could not support yet imagine how Mad journal might lampoon this." -- at the Exorcist

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Virginia Keene had been dragged by her father, who was interested in film technology, to see the first 3– D movies in theatres in the fifties, but she says, “The process never did a thing for me except give me a headache,” until she saw the Captain Eo (1986) short in the eighties: Seeing that little film at Disney World ranks high among my “best ever” film experiences. I have always had double vision and therefore a total lack of depth perception. Everything I see looks like a photograph. I depend upon shadows and image size to determine depth.

Make it up any way you like. Memory is never factual, you know. ” Wajeeh Khursheed first saw it on videotape in Nigeria in the early eighties. ” D’Arcy West thinks she may have seen it on television, although she admits she may be thinking of some other Technicolor biblical epic. She adds, “It was fairly engrossing, though. ” The family viewings brought a variety of reactions. Skylaire Alfvegren was forced through many viewings of The Ten Commandments and resents the film. “I thought it was corny.

I was in love with Brigitte Bardot. Just the thought of her made me giddy. It was hard for me to look at her on the screen because of the feelings she evoked in me (which of course I didn’t understand). Witness the birth of my sexual awareness. ” Ford’s crush on Bardot lasted a year or two until he saw Jane Fonda in Cat Ballou (1965). ”2 Paul Sbrizzi also found “Movies gave me my first exposure to sex and the strange. When I was nine, my mom took me to a Sherlock Holmes film [Billy Wilder’s The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)] in which a famous ballerina tries to get Holmes to impregnate her.

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