Friday, July 13, 2012


Singin' In The Rain: on the big screen with a communal audience laughing and cheering and applauding together the musical/dance numbers and of course Cyd Charisse and those legs. It doesn't get any better than this. Previously, I had only seen it on television. On the big screen it is even more entertaining and seeing it together with a couple of hundred other people enhances the experience. I don't remember the first time I actually saw the film on television but it was probably on a 20inch (or smaller) black and white TV. As I thought about that, I thought about the 'evolution' of our viewing habits. Previous to the advent of television everyone saw movies in a theatre. Then, with television people watched them on TV (it was convenient, you could do it in your underwear, there was no admission charge, and you could go to the fridge for something to eat and/or drink) but the screen was tiny compared to the local movie theatre. Then there was the move to bigger and bigger TV screens as technology improved, to try to mimic the movie theatre experience. 40+ in flat screens 50+ inch projections televisions with elaborate home theatre sound systems. And now, the evolution seems to be reversing. While there is still a demand for larger television screens in homes, more and more people are watching films and other video products on their 3 or 4 inch smart phone screen or a tablet. Entertainment product is being created specifically for these vehicles. I am not certain what to make of this phenomenon but it is a curiosity. None the less, there is nothing like seeing a movie on a big theatre screen with a communal audience to share the experience. Singin' In The Rain was great. Sorry if you missed it. It was a one-time event presented by Turner Classic Movies in celebration of the 60th anniversary. Here's hoping they will find other classics to do this with.

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