Re: RARA-AVIS: Out of Sight

Mark Sullivan (
Tue, 21 Jul 1998 22:39:11 -0400 (EDT) Actually, I have found this failure to follow in all ages. I went to
Out of Sight with my mother, who was havng major trouble following the
time shifts. These flashbacks are set in prison, with everyone in
bright orange jumpsuits. The first flashback even carries an on-screen
note declaring it to be two years previous. Yet the next time it went
back there she asked, "Did he go back to prison?" This is a woman who
reads all the time and has no trouble with these devices on the page,
but gets lost when it's on the screen. And she's seen a ton of vintage
film noir, too. I guess she needs the screen to go all blurry to
signify "FLASHBACK!"

As far as younger viewers go, the attention span may not be there, but
there is a video literacy. I've found far fewer "kids" who had trouble
with Pulp Fiction than "grown ups."


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