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By Tom Stempel

" a special standpoint on part a century of yank cinema -- from the audience's standpoint. Tom Stempel is going past the reviews reviewers, targeting the reviews of normal humans. He strains transferring tendencies in style and style, studying and wondering the facility motion pictures have in American society. Stempel blends viewers reaction together with his personal observations and analyzes field workplace effects that determine the films humans truly went to work out, not only these praised by way of the critics. warding off statistical precis, he offers the result of a survey on video clips and moviegoing within the respondents' personal phrases -- phrases that shock, amuse, and worsen. The moviegoers reply: "Big undesirable aircraft, great undesirable motorbike, and large undesirable Kelly McGillis." -- On most sensible Gun "All i will be able to remember have been the slave women and the Golden Calf series and the way it obtained me excited. My mom and dad should have been very happy with my enthusiasm for the Bible." -- On why a seven-year-old boy stayed as much as watch the 10 Commandments "I discovered the nice paintings of seduction through staring at Faye Dunaway smolder." -- A woman's response to seeing Bonnie and Clyde "At age fifteen Jesus stated he will be again, he simply did not say what he may glance like." -- On E.T. "Quasimodo is each 7th grader." -- On why The Hunchback of Notre Dame should still play good with middle-schoolers "A moronic, very 'Hollywoody' script, and a number of dancing teddy bears." -- On go back of the Jedi "I could not support yet imagine how Mad journal could lampoon this." -- at the Exorcist

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Others found it memorable as well. Albert Nazaryan was only seven and had only recently come to the United States when he first saw The Ten Commandments on television. “All I can recall were the slave girls and the Golden Calf sequence and how it got me excited. ” Sex and Seriousness 29 3 Sex and Seriousness I hit the first stages of puberty in the summer of 1953, when I was eleven years old, and I began to develop a serious addiction to movie starlets. For reasons that baffle me to this day, I was particularly susceptible to the charms of several contract actresses at Twentieth Century-Fox.

I suppose we all have past crushes on movie stars (and people in real life as well) that we feel embarrassed about now. In theory, to be politically correct, I should be embarrassed to admit to a crush on the Rita Moreno who was a Fox starlet in the fifties, while admiring the Moreno who has done much better work later: winning an Academy Award 30 American Audiences on Movies and Moviegoing for West Side Story (1961), and winning Emmies and Grammies for television and recording work. Moreno has spoken out often since the fifties about how she felt humiliated to have to play the stereotype of the “barefoot spitfire” Latina in movies like Garden of Evil (1954),1 while wanting to play more conventional parts.

My mother loves it. I can leave it,” But recently I had a student who liked it not only for the nostalgia about the twenties, but for the nostalgia it gave him for fifties’ musicals. John Houseman came to work at MGM as a producer about the same time Comden and Green did, and he was also aware of the change in the business. He later wrote about the early fifties, “Now the industry was in its decline: that made it the right time to make a picture about the Great Days,”4 which he did with The Bad and the Beautiful (1952).

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