American Audiences on Movies and Moviegoing by Tom Stempel

By Tom Stempel

" a different standpoint on part a century of yankee cinema -- from the audience's viewpoint. Tom Stempel is going past the reviews reviewers, targeting the evaluations of normal humans. He strains moving traits in style and flavor, studying and wondering the ability motion pictures have in American society. Stempel blends viewers reaction along with his personal observations and analyzes field workplace effects that establish the flicks humans really went to work out, not only these praised through the critics. averting statistical precis, he provides the result of a survey on video clips and moviegoing within the respondents' personal phrases -- phrases that shock, amuse, and worsen. The moviegoers reply: "Big undesirable airplane, massive undesirable motorbike, and large 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 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 advantageous paintings of seduction through 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 might glance like." -- On E.T. "Quasimodo is each 7th grader." -- On why The Hunchback of Notre Dame should still play good with middle-schoolers "A moronic, very 'Hollywoody' script, and a number of dancing teddy bears." -- On go back of the Jedi "I could not aid yet imagine how Mad journal may lampoon this." -- at the Exorcist

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10 In December 1952, the first 3–D feature, the independently produced Bwana Devil, opened in Los Angeles and was an immediate hit. Major studios jumped into production of 3–D films throughout 1953, and by the end of 1954, the first craze was over. What the 3–D films promised and what they delivered to audiences were two different things. The idea of the 3–D movies is that since the human brain can combine what two eyes see into the perception of depth—a film technique that can let each eye see the slightly different view of that eye can recreate that perception of depth.

Even going to the movies with a church group could not keep a kid’s mind off sex. In the early sixties, Jon Conrad’s youth group leader took the group to some contemporary movies he thought would provoke interesting discussions. One film was Dr. ” Anthony Thompson, who had the temper tantrum at Fantasia and threw up after Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, had his best experience at the thennew Beverly Center Cineplex in Los Angeles. “I actually kissed a girl. The thing that was so great about it was that I even got to hold her breast inside of her brassiere.

Those two girls were so boisterous, they seemed to resemble children the way they giggled so gaily. They sat down in the front row to the side and began to whisper to each other. They were up to something, I figured. And only then did I realize that something was going down when the two girls had their eyes set on where the three of us were sitting. I could eliminate any possible notion that the girls were interested in any of us. I denied the most obvious thing that was happening: the two girls walked up to our seats and asked us if we wanted to sit with them in the front row, turning my erotic fantasy into stark reality.

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