The Current Status Quo Of Theatre

936 WordsApr 5, 20164 Pages
It is no doubt that the film industry has grown exponentially and changed drastically since Pittsburgh enjoyed its first theatre dedicated to motion pictures in 1905 (McNulty). Where graceful starlets and noble gentlemen once ruled the silver screen, we are now subjected to crude, juvenile humor, an endless pool of remakes, and as much action as writers can fit into a two-hour feature. +After having read excerpts from Roger Ebert’s “Great Movies” and Richard Corliss’s essay on films, I am going to analyze the current status quo of theatre going/film watching. *A good portion of filmgoers nowadays lack the awareness of “classic” films; dramas with male and female leads are almost extinct, seen as corny, old-fashioned, naïve or outdated; super hero or “frosh/frat house”/”bromance” type films (Hangover, et al) films dominate the marquis since the main target audience now seems to be teenage boys. *A good portion of filmgoers nowadays lack the awareness of “classic” films. Retailers are ready, able, and willing to spend lucrative sums to acquire merchandising rights, and so it seems that shoppers are exposed almost exclusively to whichever films are currently popular each time they leave their homes. Additionally, television networks pay hefty premiums for advertising rights, and our daily (especially primetime) programming is laden with attention-grabbing trailers, though only for a limited set of feature films. The general public is assaulted on all fronts by the film
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