18 Apr

The impression of an image in the mind has the power to make personal dreams come alive.  By remembering one image we can travel through time to the moment where feelings or emotions were birthed.  We relive and experience again, in and through the imagination, important events of our lives; first love, a mother’s kiss, your father’s embrace.  Movies manipulate the imagination and stimulate the mind to react to the images proposed during a film; in the same manner it reacts whenever we remember important events from the vast wealth of images we store in it to help us recollect our memories.  In ‘Kleptomaniac,” a story which portrays factual events, we see the story of two women committing the same crime and the imbalance of justice which favors wealth and condemns poverty. We know the wealthy woman because she is placed in a setting where only the rich would shop.  Her clothes and her carriage are the trademark of wealth and power.  Immediately the mind comes to the conclusion that this is a rich woman.   On the other hand, we see in an almost empty dwelling a woman with two raggedy children which allows our mind to associate the other woman with poverty.  

In “Sherlock, Jr.” we see the evolution of film making from factual presentation of events to one that builds on the associations of the mind. We see the protagonist as a “good” man and the antagonist as a “bad” worthless thief who would do anything to steal his girl from him.  Sherlock intertwines past and present through dreams; the dream of becoming a detective and the dream he has when he falls asleep in the movie house.  During the time we are watching this film the mind elaborates conclusions and expects those conclusions to be the result of the film’s final happy ending.  In the case of “Kleptomaniac” our minds are fixed on the possibility of a judge expressing benevolence towards the poor woman that steals a loaf of bread to feed her children. Unfortunately, the happy end our mind is expecting never comes to pass; it is a recollection of events, like a documentary. 


One Response to “THE PHOTOPLAY- E. Almonte”

  1. erickspears April 18, 2013 at 2:30 am #

    I agree with your thinking and the way films are created with social understandings in mind. Like you stated there really isn’t anything that flat out states that the first woman is rich but it is something our mind assumes do to how she lives her life. This plays into how people take their own knowledge and use it to interpret movies which can help us understand why people strive for the happy endings just like they would want them in real life.

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