WHAT IS MOTION-PICTURE APPRECIATION?
Two high-school students, Bill and John, went to a movie. When they came out of the theater, Bill said, "That was a pretty ordinary picture, wasn't it?"
"Yes," John replied, "but wasn't the direction unusual?"
His friend looked a bit puzzled. "What do you mean?" he asked.
"Well, didn't you enjoy the clever way by which the director had a character back into the camera, in this way fading out the action and beginning a new type of scene in a different place on the boat?"
"I never noticed that," Bill answered.
"And didn't you like the skillful way in which the characters were introduced?" John continued. "It's the first time I have ever seen a picture in which the director introduced certain characters the way he did. You remember he had groups of persons talking about each of these characters, then the scene quickly changed to include the person about whom they were talking, and the voices of the persons commenting about him could still be heard. And didn't you notice how that one scene faded from a direct shot of the round, horn-like ventilator to the bass horn in the orchestra on a lower deck?"
"I never noticed those either," Bill replied. "But I did notice one thing which I thought was pretty good. You remember when they first showed a shot of a man shoveling food into his mouth, and then cut quickly to the engine