The Photo Play and the Mind (Esther Chera)

18 Apr

“The Kleptomaniac” (1905) and “ Sherlock ,  Jr” (1924), contribute to storytelling in American movies. Initially, films told the viewer everything they needed to know. As time went on, films told the viewers less and forced them to think. “The Kleptomaniac”, tells the story of women who steal things. In this film, there is no zoom or any special effects. It seems as if the director is filming real life. Although the film is silent, it is very easy to understand and for the viewer to follow due to its simplicity. It seems like a representation of reality. “Sherlock ,  Jr.”, on the other hand, is fancier; there are special effects and zoom. The viewer is required to think a little bit more in this film. In order to understand the scenes in the film, the viewer must make associations with their minds. It is also not a true representation of reality. “Sherlock, Jr.” portrays Musterberg’s ideas, in that it is more of a creation of the mind and not a creation of what is reality. Even in films today, the viewer has to fill in the blanks and think for themselves.


5 Responses to “The Photo Play and the Mind (Esther Chera)”

  1. csetton10 April 18, 2013 at 12:52 am #

    I agree completely. I liked the way the story could be told with so little speech, so that each person can interpet it their own way

  2. erickspears April 18, 2013 at 2:25 am #

    The idea that the viewer needs to be able to fill in the blanks for the film is one of the most important things in film, our minds ability to make connections and create scenes that are implied but not directly shown is something that has grown from what we see in the story of “The Kleptomaniac” to movies now which resemble “Sherlock Jr.” more.

  3. julialin21 April 18, 2013 at 3:04 am #

    i feel like the sound effects and the music of both films allows the viewers to really understand how each character is feeling. also the movements as well. the different footage taken did as well play a big role.

  4. cl293 April 18, 2013 at 4:46 am #

    I agree I feel like the movies were simple to understand because not many things went on also they were really short films but today most movies are two hours and it is so much things to grasp.

  5. avane73 April 18, 2013 at 8:55 am #

    Agreed. There is no longer room for personal interpretation or analysis of a movie. I feel like films have made people lazy thinkers.

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