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Scott Hutchins <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 2 Jun 1998 11:49:58 -0500
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I read George Lucas got in hot water for putting all credits at the end of
the film, which is something that happens quite frequently these days (and
it's usually the same directors who do it:  Terry Gilliam, for example).
Even so, so many people with speaking roles in _Star Wars_, like the
bartender ("We don't serve their kind in here!"), Doc ("He doesn't like
you... I don't like you either!"), and the referent, Ponda Baba, are not
On Mon, 1 Jun 1998, liora moriel wrote:
> Interestingly, I noticed the opposite effect...
> Seems to me that credits were once short and snazzy, but for the past
> 10-15 years are an art form in themselves (I'm not talking about effects
> like Hitchcock's Psycho or Penn's Bonnie and Clyde; I'm talking about
> length per se). After the break of the studio system, I think, freelancers
> came on board to replace teams under contract.  This is my off-the-cuff
> explanation that may be completely bogus. Then credits began to be the
> time for setting the stage for the rest of the film, so that today many
> films tell us by the time the credits have rolled more than we ever wanted
> to know--or teased us into a mind-set totally at odds with the movie
> (sometimes a clever and sometimes an annoying thing.) Now we have credits
> for casting, which again, under the studio system, were redundant.
> Another thing I've noticed is that the order of importance of those
> credited has changed over the years.
> Liora Moriel
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