The Morals Of The Movie

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The morals of the movie

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Overview

Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781446087510
  • Publisher: Read Books Design
  • Publication date: 9/22/2011
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.57 (d)

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CHAPTER III MELODRAMA, SERIALS AND "COMICS" It has been said frequently and truly that the prevailing type of " movie " play is melodrama, a term conveniently used to cover stories having to do with criminal incidents presented in a sensational way. Thrilling " heart interest" plots dealing with the elemental passions, full of movement and violence, scene swiftly following scene, crowd the picture screen. I would not speak contemptuously of, or generally condemn, film of this class. Much of it has great entertainment value. It may be entirely unobjectionable from a moral standpoint, but the overwhelming prevalence of photoplays of this character in the annual output of our studios is a fair matter for remark. No one who knows the " movie " and its place in the world would bar crime from the screen. One merely demands, and is right in demanding, that it shall not be presented and emphasized because it is crime. If the purpose is an artistic purpose it will be unreasonable to object to a struggle or a murder. But to exploit it to satisfy some real or supposed taste which visitors to picture houses, and especially the young, may feel for physical violence and human irregularity awakens proper protest. A story is made to deal with metropolitan low life to feed a curiosity which boys and girls everywhere and many adults, particularly those living in little hams' lets, entertain in regard to wickedness that they have heard about but have never seen. So we are carried for an hour or two through opium dens, gambling and drinking houses, dance halls and the various cubbies and dives that belong to the slums of large cities. Women are debauched and men are shot. We visit thieves' fences. Gunplay, the use of knives, fighting of all kinds in every situation, without rhyme or rea...
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