Criticism of the Photoplay

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Criticism of the Photoplay

Post by Kitty » Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:53 pm

Motion Picture Story Magazine encouraged people to write in their criticisms of certain films as well as their praise. Here is a fun example. I love number 4.
One thought: Wouldn't it be so amazing to see a silent film on the scale where you can even see that sort of thing? I mean, these criticisms are so minuscule that I don't even know if I would notice some of these things in a new film! I wonder what it was like to be experiencing this medium when it was new. I guess I can compare the feeling with playing with VR equipment. Those are really something!
This is from the February 1913 edition of Motion Picture Story.
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Re: Criticism of the Photoplay

Post by donnie » Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:47 pm

Yes, some people notice those miniscule things. I thought no. 1 was funny.

Have you ever seen Hoodoo Ann (1916)? (One of my favorite films.) It has a part in the middle that is a parody of bad westerns of the era. It is crammed with deliberate continuity errors somewhat similar to those above, bad scripts, and over-acting—quite funny.

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Re: Criticism of the Photoplay

Post by Kitty » Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:55 pm

wow! That sounds pretty unusual. Is it on YouTube? I'll watch that for sure.
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Re: Criticism of the Photoplay

Post by donnie » Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:05 pm

Kitty wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:55 pm
wow! That sounds pretty unusual. Is it on YouTube? I'll watch that for sure.
It is, but there’s no score, darn it, and you know how I feel about that... but if you want to watch it anyway, the part I mean starts around minute 34, where Bobby Harron and Mae Marsh go to the movies. (If you want a copy of the whole thing with a proper score, I can remedy that ;) )

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Re: Criticism of the Photoplay

Post by Kitty » Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:16 am

donnie wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:05 pm
Kitty wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:55 pm
wow! That sounds pretty unusual. Is it on YouTube? I'll watch that for sure.
It is, but there’s no score, darn it, and you know how I feel about that... but if you want to watch it anyway, the part I mean starts around minute 34, where Bobby Harron and Mae Marsh go to the movies. (If you want a copy of the whole thing with a proper score, I can remedy that ;) )
I'll check it out and then let you know if I have that 'must see' feeling after watching that scene!
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Re: Criticism of the Photoplay

Post by donnie » Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:34 am

10-4 :)

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