Photoplay

18 Apr

     Films can send many different messages and in different ways. In the past, films were meant to show “real life” situations and problems, or to educate people on the real world. Today, it seems like films are made purely to entertain people and to give us an escape from the real world. “The Kleptomaniac” is a perfect example of what the earliest films were like. It did not try to glamorize everyday life, but it dealt with those issues straight out and showed them in full effect. It shows true poverty, not a rags to riches story, but one that does not have a happy ending because it is real. 

            Later on, “Sherlock Jr.” is made and it is a little more similar to a film we would recognize today. It shifts focus- creating different scenes like modern day films. The film is also more entertaining, and through the different camera techniques, allows viewers to interpret it this way. Whereas in “Kleptomaniac,” there was clearly one interpretation, in “Sherlock Jr.,” there is more room for viewers to see what they want to see.

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2 Responses to “Photoplay”

  1. mcarpenter1394 April 18, 2013 at 4:41 am #

    I really enjoyed how you compared the films in different time eras. In “Sherlock Jr.”, we are definitely able to interpret the films in different ways, and i love this technique of movies. It was a stepping stone for the film industry into what they have accomplished today.

  2. evie23 April 18, 2013 at 5:28 am #

    I like your view on how films have evolved from factual to more complex techniques.

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