Re: RARA-AVIS: Out of Sight
Wed, 22 Jul 1998 08:35:24 -0400 <<Thus, they had no idea of the origin or
the process that led to a particular mathematical result. A lot of
students nowadays seem to think in static images, often linked to verbal
ditties (like sound bites). Very disturbing and quite likely related to
people's difficulties with real cinematic technique (and I'm not talking
about Tarkovsky).>>

With people being slammed by so many disparate images these days via
advertising and music-video-influenced narrative editing, it's a bit
surprising to me that movie audiences have trouble with flashbacks.

On the other hand, audiences enter a theatre with certain expectations
about the film-viewing experience -- factor in the fact that most Hollywood
films these days are very plot-driven, linear constructs (Action Scene 1
leads to Action Scene 2 leads to Action Scene 3, ad nauseum . . .), and
those expectations are thrown off by a flashback.

In a way, film editing has devolved over the years. Some of the classic
silent films are much more sophisticated in their storytelling than
contemporary films that can rely on wonderful new technology. In fact, show
an old expressionistic German silent film ("The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari,"
let's say) to a contemporary audience, and I'll bet at least 80% of the
audience will have a difficult time watching it and figuring out what the
heck is going on.

Part of the reason Tarantino became a cinema darling, despite whatever
flaws his films exhibit, is his willingness to play with storytelling
structures and step away from the linear model. -- Duane

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