By Tom Stempel
" a special point of view on part a century of yankee cinema -- from the audience's standpoint. Tom Stempel is going past the reviews reviewers, focusing on the critiques of standard humans. He strains moving developments in style and flavor, studying and wondering the ability motion pictures have in American society. Stempel blends viewers reaction together with his personal observations and analyzes field workplace effects that establish the films humans really went to work out, not only these praised through the critics. warding off statistical precis, he offers the result of a survey on video clips and moviegoing within the respondents' personal phrases -- phrases that shock, amuse, and aggravate. The moviegoers reply: "Big undesirable airplane, huge undesirable bike, and large undesirable Kelly McGillis." -- On most sensible Gun "All i will remember have been the slave women and the Golden Calf series and the way it acquired me excited. My mom and dad should have been more than happy with my enthusiasm for the Bible." -- On why a seven-year-old boy stayed as much as watch the 10 Commandments "I discovered the effective paintings of seduction by means of observing Faye Dunaway smolder." -- A woman's response to seeing Bonnie and Clyde "At age fifteen Jesus acknowledged he will be again, he simply did not say what he could glance like." -- On E.T. "Quasimodo is each 7th grader." -- On why The Hunchback of Notre Dame should still play good with middle-schoolers "A moronic, very 'Hollywoody' script, and a number of dancing teddy bears." -- On go back of the Jedi "I could not aid yet imagine how Mad journal might lampoon this." -- at the Exorcist
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Was one of the first movies I went all the way to Indianapolis to see. In the early fifties, the general distribution pattern of films was to play them first in the largest cities, and then after a “clearance” period, they would play the smaller towns. Indianapolis, an hour or so north of Bloomington, often played films months before they appeared in Bloomington, so until I got my driver’s license in 1958, I had to talk my mother into taking me. We made at least a couple of trips a year to Indianapolis and the old movie palaces in the downtown area.
And The Honey Pot (1967) with Rex Harrison. I remember a big poster in the lobby for this. The Honey Pot. ” Before he hit puberty, James Ford saw the 1965 film Dear Brigitte, about a young boy who had a crush on Brigitte Bardot. Ford “felt just like that little boy in the film. I was in love with Brigitte Bardot. Just the thought of her made me giddy. It was hard for me to look at her on the screen because of the feelings she evoked in me (which of course I didn’t understand). Witness the birth of my sexual awareness.
The third first-run theatre, the Von Lee, started in the late forties as an art cinema to show the foreign films, but it also occasionally showed older American films. It was there in the mid-fifties that I finally saw Citizen Kane for the first time. It struck me then as a rather dark and depressing movie. The frequency of revival screenings in Bloomington, as elsewhere in the country in the late forties and early fifties, was low. However, with my growing interest in movies, both new as well as old, I need not have worried.
American Audiences on Movies and Moviegoing by Tom Stempel