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Old October 14 2012, 09:49 PM   #12
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Re: Interesting blog on younger people not connecting with older movie

J.T.B. wrote: View Post
First of all, the article says nothing about "younger people" or age or generation, that was something the OP added and I'm not sure why. If anything the example from the 1988 class shows that in the author's opinion the "unsophisticated" viewpoint is not limited to any age or generation group. Most of the 1988 viewers (probably roughly my age, I'd add) would likely react the same way to Singing in the Rain if they saw it today.
I think that's pretty much true that the same viewers from 1988 may have the same opinion on Singing in the Rain today. But, if people of that same age group that you were in in 1988 (let's say, early twenties) were to watch it today for the first time, I don't think they would find it as ridiculous.

Even though the article didn't talk about generational differences, that's what I brought up because it seems to be the real issue here. Generational differences in how to appreciate certain expressions of art.

J.T.B. wrote: View Post
I will say one thing, though, that's generational: I am glad I grew up when I did, before home video, judge shows, infomercials and so on. You saw old movies and shows on TV all the time, and there didn't seem to be an "accessibility barrier" around them. If you were staying up late or inside on a rainy day you could see a musical or a war film or a horror flick or a western or a romance or whatever, from ten to fifty years old. And if it was good you got caught up in it and didn't care about how old it was, because it was what was on. I had a lot of fun viewing experiences that way.
I think this has a lot to do with the relatively young age of the movie industry. How "old" those movies were seemed irrelevant at the time because even the oldest movies weren't really THAT old. Not to say that you are ancient, but just that as time goes on society in general will become more removed from the "classics." Even just 15 or 20 years ago they seemed more relevant and accessible than they do today. I don't know that it necessarily has to do with new technologies or expanding television offerings, I think it just has to do with the passage of time and will be inevitable.
Time present and time past
are both perhaps present in time future.
And time future contained in time past.
T.S. Eliot
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