WHAT ARE MOTION PICTURES FOR?
In the last few pages standards for acting, direction, photography, and lighting, have been discussed. But a motion picture is more than a collection of these individual items. Each of these parts must be combined with the others in such a way as to make a good motion picture, a picture which has a unity of its own.
Perhaps you have never asked yourself this question: What are motion pictures for? It is an important one nevertheless. The question of purpose is one that thinking people must ask, not only about motion pictures, but also about schools, churches, industry, about life itself. What, then, are motion pictures for?
I once asked a group of high-school students this question, and these are a few of the answers which I received:
"They give the audience some fun and entertainment."
"They keep me from getting bored with life."
"They give people pleasure."
"They make you forget your troubles."
"It's somewhere to go when you have a date."
"It's a place to go at night."
"It's just a way to kill time."
"It's a way to learn about life."
"You learn what happens when you make certain choices."
"They show what people do under different circumstances."
"It gives you the artist's idea of life."
The idea of the motion picture expressed by the first seven of these high-school students is the one usually held.