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"Richard J. Leskosky" <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 22 Feb 1996 17:02:29 -0600
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The following references to talking during movies may not be helpful in
understanding or writing about the phenomenon, but I can pretty well
guarantee that they're interesting.
1) The 1974 Carlo Lizzani movie CRAZY JOE (a biography of gangster Joey
Gallo, with Peter Boyle in the title role) begins with Joey sitting in a
(42nd Street?) moviehouse watching the original version of KISS OF DEATH.
On the screen, Richard Widmark is threatening Victor Mature with his insane
"Big man! Big man! You know what I do to big men?" speech, and in the
audience Joey is saying it right along with him.  A patron in the row
behind Joey asks him to be quiet, and Joey turns around, sticks a gun in
his face, and continues with his recitation.
2) In a collection of his non-fiction writing (sorry, I don't recall the
title off-hand), Harlan Ellison tells of the time he and a friend were
sitting in the balcony of an old (42nd Street?) moviehouse and actually
witnessed someone flung from the balcony for failing to shut up during the
--Richard J. Leskosky
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Unit for Cinema Studies                 University of Illinois
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