American Audiences on Movies and Moviegoing by Tom Stempel

By Tom Stempel

" a distinct standpoint on part a century of yankee cinema -- from the audience's viewpoint. Tom Stempel is going past the reviews reviewers, targeting the reviews of standard humans. He strains moving tendencies in style and style, reading and wondering the ability movies have in American society. Stempel blends viewers reaction together with his personal observations and analyzes field place of work effects that determine the films humans truly went to determine, not only these praised via the critics. heading off statistical precis, he offers the result of a survey on video clips and moviegoing within the respondents' personal phrases -- phrases that shock, amuse, and aggravate. The moviegoers reply: "Big undesirable airplane, huge undesirable bike, and massive undesirable Kelly McGillis." -- On most sensible Gun "All i will bear in mind have been the slave ladies and the Golden Calf series and the way it acquired 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 advantageous artwork of seduction by means of looking at Faye Dunaway smolder." -- A woman's response to seeing Bonnie and Clyde "At age fifteen Jesus stated he will be again, he simply did not say what he may 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 aid yet imagine how Mad journal could lampoon this." -- at the Exorcist

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In 1996, I saw Across the Sea of Time (1995), which used turn-of-thecentury stereopticon slides along with modern 3–D footage of New York. The glasses had been replaced by headsets with stereo sound speakers, there were none of the visual ghost images of the earlier systems, but I still had eyestrain after the forty-minute film was over. In early 1999, I saw another one—Encounter in the 3rd Dimension (1998)—but I cannot tell you if the headache I got was from the 3–D or from the fact that, to paraphrase Steven Krul from above, the film generally sucked.

I depend upon shadows and image size to determine depth. Since I’ve never known what depth perception looked like, I’ve adjusted to the handicap and never missed it—until Captain Eo slapped me in the face! What an utterly astonishing experience. I guess a good analogy would be always being color blind and suddenly having the color turned on—if only for a moment, to understand the possibility. Amazing. I was completely un- 20 American Audiences on Movies and Moviegoing prepared for the experience and so it took my breath away.

Many contemporary critics thought the film was inferior to the original, but it worked for audiences at the time. And when Nora Ephron, David S. Ward, and Jeff Arch, who were of an age to have been affected by the 1957 version, wrote Sleepless in Seattle (1993), it is An Affair to Remember and not Love Affair to which all the references are made. ”6 Even though these remakes were commercially successful, most of them were inferior to the originals. I was particularly taken with High Society, the hit 1956 musical remake of The Philadelphia Story (1940), when it was first released.

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