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Stephen Hart <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 8 Mar 1994 09:51:00 EST
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                      E L E C T R O N I C   M E S S A G E
                                        Date:     08-Mar-1994 09:37am EST
                                        From:     Stephen Hart
                                        Level:    Post-secondary/University
                                        Tel No:   904-644-4839
TO:  Remote Addressee                     ( _jnet%screen-l@ua1vm )
Subject: re: Schindler and editing
Mary Jane has a good point.  Why shouldn't the entertainment mediums be
used to educate the masses (As if it hasn't been already!)?  Now that I
think about, without a number of biopics and docudramas, many would not
know about subjects such as child/spouse abuse, minor and major historical
events and figures.  I guess my "It's a shame" stemmed from my frustration
of not having a good and thorough history education through my schooling,
and having to learn 20th century history through movies and TV:  Then
again, it's not like I never had access to a library, so I can't
blame-shift.  And, as I stated in my last post and observed at my 2nd
library job, people do research subjects of biopics after seeing or hearing
about them.
re: editing video.  One reason why editing for videos happens, aside from
cutting out excessive violence, sex and the like--and this is
speculation--is to fit a 125 minute movie on a 120 minute tape.  Going to a
larger tape for the sake of a few extra minutes would cost more.  I can't
understand why Showtime would time compress a movie like the networks.
It's not like they have to get x-number of commercials in, or adhere to a
rigid schedule.
Stephen Hart
Sr. LTA, Strozier Library, Florida State Univ.