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James Tichenor <[log in to unmask]>
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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 31 Oct 1994 14:19:00 PST
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>To: Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>,
>Correct me if I'm wrong, but weren't there plenty of "message" movies
>that came out before 1963???
>Frank Capra's films of the 1930s and early 1940s immediately come to
>mind.  So do Stanley Kramer's films of the 1950s and 1960s.  And what
>about "High Noon"?  While this list is more than incomplete, these
>were just a few glaring exceptions to your thesis that I came up with
>off the top of my head.  While they were aimed mainly towards a broad
>audience and did emphasize "story", their messages still came through
>quite dramatically and were definitely intrinsic to the film's appeal.
>Just a thought.
Once again, it is not my theory - it's Oliver Stone's. I just thought
it was interesting.
It's focus. Story-telling becomes secondary to the message in the "film"
catagory. Every film/movie has a message; what is inteeresting is
to notice that some focus more strongly on one or the other.
Can you all deny that there was a massive change in around 1963, that the
very form changed, the very style? I know there is a major difference in
style and it is that that interests me. I don't want to group movies or
films, but one has to start from somewhere.
Boy, just have some fun with it. There's only movies :-)