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Kyle Barrineau <[log in to unmask]>
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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 6 Jun 1997 13:02:50 -0400
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On the concept of journalists in the movies.
I would like to add that Talk Show Hosts may be considered journalists,
in which case Opra would meet all criteria listed in previous letters.
She is an "investigative reporter" not the same as Peter Jennings and
the like, but her show has moved to a more Barbara Walters type format.
She has been in movies (Women of Brewster Place, The Color Purple) and
is respected for her acting ability.
It may be important to point out that the most disgusting display of
this type of "bi-media" features can be found in "Meet Wally Sparks."
The opening 15 min drills in hard the confusion that can be created when
a movie brings in the idea of real life by using popular trusted faces.
Reporters give us the news which is separate from the imaginary land
that movies create.  When this line is broken a question arises:  What
is the effect of fantasy and real life intersecting within the media?
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