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Acting styles have changed a great deal, also


In the B&W era, a lot of the early actors were from stage backgrounds where one picks up cues quickly and spits lines out quickly with crisp enunciation. In many of those movies, the camera stays locked down while the actors move back and forth across the screen as though it's a stage. They often acted as if they were projecting to the back row instead of being 10' high on screen. So, those don't translate well.

Scripts also tended to be cornier in both the B&W and early color eras. This wasn't always the case, of course. "Citizen Kane" was only sometimes corny. But in general, later serious films tended to go more for realism, so the old films seem just ridiculous to us sometimes, now.

As for special effects and the like, I don't think any good reviewer takes those into account any more than a good theater reviewer faults Shakespeare for his anachronisms. But note that I said "good" reviewer. Many reviews I read from today's reviewers could be summed up in one sentence: "There weren't enough explosions!"

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Posted: 05/22/2020 at 2:38PM



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