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

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CHAPTER XIII WHAT NEXT?

THE chief aim throughout this entire book has been to increase your enjoyment of motion pictures. We have tried to do that by pointing out new and different things to look for at the motion pictures, values that otherwise might have remained hidden. This discovery and comparison of values is something you do not only at the motion-picture theater, but you are doing it every waking hour of your life. For example, you must choose between different foods at a cafeteria, the kind of suit or dress that you will buy, the college that you plan to attend, or the work you will follow.

In all these choices your measuring sticks are certain standards. As you read this manual you should have developed a series of standards for judging motion pictures. That set of standards, however, is not complete. You must continually experiment with them, revising whenever necessary. They are, therefore, tentative standards.

It is no longer necessary to attend the first motion picture you happen upon, blindly taking a chance on its merits, any more than an intelligent shopper need buy the first article inspected, regardless of quality and appropriateness. You have learned to select, using your standards as a basis for this selection. Of course, you have made mistakes and you will continue to make them, but such mistakes will be fewer as time goes on. And you will, I am sure, be disappointed less often in pictures for which you have "shopped" than you would be under the hit-and-miss system of attend

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