Skip to comments.Legendary Director Peter Bogdanovich: What If Movies Are Part of the Problem?
Posted on 07/25/2012 6:41:11 PM PDT by P.O.E.
Peter Bogdanovich is no stranger to violence -- either onscreen or off. In an eerie foreshadowing of the Colorado tragedy, his very first film, 1968's Targets, starring Boris Karloff, ends with a sniper, an angry Vietnam War vet, picking off teenagers at a drive-in movie theater. But while that movie reflected the rising discord of the late '60s, it wasn't until 1980 that Bogdanovich experienced, first-hand, the full impact of violence when his companion, Dorothy Stratten, the Playboy model and actress, was brutally murdered by her estranged husband.
People go to a movie to have a good time, and they get killed. It's a horrible, horrible event. It makes me sick that I made a movie about it.
Today, there's a general numbing of the audience. There's too much murder and killing. You make people insensitive by showing it all the time. The body count in pictures is huge. It numbs the audience into thinking it's not so terrible. Back in the '70s, I asked Orson Welles what he thought was happening to pictures, and he said, "We're brutalizing the audience. We're going to end up like the Roman circus, live at the Coliseum." The respect for human life seems to be eroding.
(Excerpt) Read more at hollywoodreporter.com ...
They claim that violence in movies has impact but that drug abuse, sexual promiscuity, homosexuality, adultery, and foul language are not mimicked by the culture based on media portrayals of such failings.
Only smoking and guns are “glamorized” by Hollywood.
If comic books don’t have any influence on the culture, why are Marvel, DC, Archie, et al introducing gay character relationships and storylines?
Where they have an agenda to push, they believe they can impact the culture through their “stories”.
Let’s everyone be bored cause a few wackjobs can’t tell fantasy from reality.
Most of it is. Unless you get that powdered water. I don't use the stuff because I can't figure out what to mix it with.
(yes, I stole that)
True. Despite their claims of trying to discourage violence, most of them appear on their Movie Covers holding a gun. The higher the body count, the better the gross on the movie.
Movies don't make people violent. (well... unless it's a Bruce Lee Movie).
It is we who are violent, movies are merely a reflection of human beings.
The WEIRD thing about us in the United States is that we are saturated in 'fictional' violence, and rarely exposed to 'the real thing'. While the movie violence makes us drink more pop, the real thing causes most to vomit. That is why our news is censored.
In other countries, REAL violence is shown. The blood is real, and the shots are not cropped (for America's sensitive audience).
End up ? How about start out ?
How about some mass violence?
That didn’t take long. Bet the tort lawyers are salvatating.
No, no, no. Bela Lugosi starred in the Ed Woods’ movies.
Planned Parenthood Inc. (a part of secular liberalism)
They were nice guys off camera, and did some wonderful interviews which are hard to find.
My favorite was the shlocky "Comedy of Terrors" when all three played horror for laughs. Favorite gag--Price was a funeral operator who sold and resold the same casket. He'd dig up the corpse, steal the casket, and sell it again an again...
And regardless if every last weapon in America was banned or not.
If leftists want to focus on banning something, then let them ban murderous lunatics.