Insinuations in Movies (Kimberly Garcia)

17 Apr

The Photoplay: A Psychological Study was written in 1916, after “The Kleptomaniac” (1905) was released and before “Sherlock Jr.” (1924). In 1905, the cinema industry had not been developed as deeply as it was in 1924. The cameras were too big to move, lighting was a hard feat to master and it was just difficult to do. There was also no zoom and no multiple cameras. So the directors of the early film industry had to plainly present facts, because that’s all it really could do. We can barely catch the Kleptomaniac steal the jewelry because of the lack of editing and strategies that filmmakers use today to make certain actions in films obvious.

Meanwhile, in Sherlock Jr., the director knew to zoom in on the fact that the box of chocolates was $4 and later to center the Sheik when he slips the pawn card into Sherlock’s pocket. That is because he now possessed the ability to do such a thing. Or when the butler puts the explosive pool ball onto the table and cuts the Sherlock chalking his cue stick in front of a mirror, it implies that Sherlock saw him rig the table. Thus, as mentioned in the Münsterberg article, films are more a creation of the mind then a creation of reality.


One Response to “Insinuations in Movies (Kimberly Garcia)”

  1. khu0014 April 17, 2013 at 10:03 pm #

    The last statement is well written and it’s also a good segway into what I’m going to say: Films, especially now, are made to entertain rather than raise awareness about somthing. What they decide to show is contingent on who is going to see the movie. (Most people who go to the theater want to get away from reality so they tap into people’s dreams and fantasies and that is shown on the screen.)

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