By Tom Stempel
" a different viewpoint on part a century of yankee cinema -- from the audience's perspective. Tom Stempel is going past the reviews reviewers, focusing on the reviews of normal humans. He lines moving tendencies in style and style, interpreting and wondering the facility movies have in American society. Stempel blends viewers reaction along with his personal observations and analyzes field place of work effects that establish the flicks humans really went to work out, not only these praised by means of the critics. fending off statistical precis, he offers the result of a survey on videos and moviegoing within the respondents' personal phrases -- phrases that shock, amuse, and aggravate. The moviegoers reply: "Big undesirable airplane, mammoth undesirable bike, and massive undesirable Kelly McGillis." -- On best Gun "All i will keep 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 more than happy with my enthusiasm for the Bible." -- On why a seven-year-old boy stayed as much as watch the 10 Commandments "I realized the high quality artwork of seduction by way of observing 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 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 may lampoon this." -- at the Exorcist
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And they did not fit easily over normal glasses. The combined problems of projection12 and bad movies killed off the first 3–D boom in the fifties. There have been occasional attempts at reviving 3–D movies, with some of the technical problems solved. In 1971, a soft-core porno film called The Stewardesses was a box office success; you can easily imagine what it put in the audience’s faces. The one inventive use of 3–D, involving a pool cue, seemed almost accidental. There was another revival of 3–D in the early eighties, but without even the brief success of the fifties.
Maybe it was Christmas. 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.
25 The biblical spectacle continued as a genre into the sixties, although with diminishing results, being killed off altogether by George Stevens’s monumental 1965 flop The Greatest Story Ever Told. ” Since then, the biblical film has never returned to Hollywood filmmaking with any degree of success. The 1985 King David fell into all the traps that Dunne and Zanuck had avoided in David and Bathsheba. 26 Although Ben-Hur made more money at the time, the one biblical film from the fifties that everybody remembers is Cecil B.
American Audiences on Movies and Moviegoing by Tom Stempel