The Literary Digest Volume 53

The Literary Digest Volume 53

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ...obvious: his audience has never seen any other kind of presentation. and therefore demands its continuance, with the usual thn'lling details of chest-thumping and excessive reeling. Again. the actor having never experienced personal death in any form, sudden or otherwise, depends upon and imitates the ubiquitous interprw tation given by his fellows. "This applies with equal and perhaps greater force to the motion-picture. The stupendous popularity of the film-play has its base in the distortion and glamor with which the screen envelops the prosaic realities of life. When the blond and sport-shirted leading man of the average'small-time' picture is struck on the head with a somnific stocking charged with sawdust or custard, or when thivillain fires off a blank cartridge in his general direction, our hero devotes the next few moments to an exhibition of stumbling and facecontorting which comes perilously near the ridiculous. "In actuality, sudden death is exceedingly rudinientary. There is neither brow-clasping nor staggering, or to an insignii'icant degree, if any; the man simply stops and dies., "This does not take into consideration the wounded man. no matter how badly he may be hurt. When he is in this condition there is no telling just what pitiable contortions the pain of his hurts will force him to undergo. But there is one peculiar and interesting psychological fact which seasoned warring-men are agreed on: the wounded man never has his face turned to the ground.-The man who is instantly killed or who succumbs very shortly after being hit almost invariably falls on his face." 'The writer, in conclusion, points his moral by telling of a brave young operator who took a moving picture more

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  • Paperback | 692 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 35mm | 1,216g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236915909
  • 9781236915900