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Old Movies [Aug. 3rd, 2019|08:21 am]
Tony Grist
Movies are time capsules. And this is especially true of second-rate movies. With great movies an element of timelessness enters in, but with second-rate movies you drift a little apart from the people and their situation and notice what they're wearing and how they decorate their homes- and what the weather was doing on that particular day and what the posters in the streets are advertising and how attitudes to race and class and gender- all those shifting things- are betrayed by what is said and not said, done and not done. The things outside the makers' conscious control- the things of that time that they took for granted and hardly thought about- bleed through the text and- because the text is not all that engaging- become the true subject of the film. There's been a murder and the police are investigating and there's a lot of footage of them walking and driving around London. It's 1959 and the thing that grabs you most is how bad the air quality is....

[User Picture]From: faunhaert
2019-08-05 08:58 pm (UTC)
often I watch a movie just to see the time capsule effect too

others it more to see just how "off" they are,
for the time period they are reproducing.

the modern wall colors have taken over in
some of the british murder mysteries set in the 60's
father brown is the worse culprit recently>
1950's clothing with 2019 walls.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-08-06 07:04 am (UTC)
The thing that really got me about Father Brown was the writers' near total ignorance of the Roman Catholic Church and how it works.
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[User Picture]From: faunhaert
2019-08-06 06:59 pm (UTC)
it is that way,
more like a lutheran's version
of the catholic church.
the clothes and church are just props.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-08-07 07:14 am (UTC)
That's about the size of it.

But how hard would it have been for them to put an "ecclesiastical advisor" on the payroll?
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[User Picture]From: faunhaert
2019-08-07 04:41 pm (UTC)
it would be supporting the church
they're featuring and making use of.
actually its a very good idea.

I didn't really think of him as Catholic but more Ecclesiastic?
or some psuedo "country' church
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