How to Appreciate Motion Pictures: A Manual of Motion-Picture Criticism Prepared for High-School Students

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lives in a modernistically decorated home, and how similar these homes all are! This similarity is inexcusable because you know from experience that no two of your friends-- even though they may be on the same financial level--have homes as similar in decoration as are most of these settings. Why, then, should a good director feel that he must place against an identical background every character belonging to a certain social class?
SUMMARY OF STANDARDS
Here are the standards which the writer sets up in this chapter for settings. If you do not agree with this set of standards, revise them to fit your own standards for a photoplay.
1. In a serious picture the settings should provide enough atmosphere to give the story the appearance of reality.
2. A setting must be simple enough for the audience quickly to grasp the whole scene and its meaning.
3. It makes no difference if a setting is artificial, as long as it seems real.
4. Settings in an historical picture should be an accurate representation of the period in which the story takes place.
5. A setting should not take the attention of the audience away from important action.
6. The costuming should contribute to the atmosphere of the play.

QUESTIONS FOR REVIEW

Here are some questions which members of the class may wish to ask themselves after they have seen a photoplay. Perhaps the students in your group can find other questions which they wish to add, or they may wish to change this list.

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