Reza wrote:Don't viewers today have the brains to do that without being explained? Every old film needs to be evaluated the same way. You automatically understand that what is depicted on screen, even something wrong, was either acceptable back then or was shown because of certain reasons which history has made crystal clear.
I don't think some of them do and we have two main problems with some older films today.
1) Outrage - people are so easily outraged, even about things made or written years ago. They always have been with the banning over the years of films, books, plays, songs, etc but there have been an awful lot of articles written in the last couple of years virtually wanting to erase some films because of their depiction of race, sex, women, gays, etc. John Hughes innocuous and much loved teen flicks of the 80s are now viewed by some as the ultimate evil, not to mention the films of Roman Polanski & Woody Allen by others. Really, in the culture of widespread outrage we have probably all been guilty of it to some degree, I know I have (Mary Queen of Scots anyone). So to help avoid 'outrage' a disclaimer before the film might soften some of that.
2) Propaganda/Sterotypes - Because of the nature of some works they can be used to justify deplorable behaviour or reinforce inaccurate stereotypes. I recall when William Friedkin's Crusing (1980) was being filmed that their were protests about the film due to its subject matter. The view of those objecting were rightly concerned that the lifestyle of homosexuals depicted in the film would be seen by the wider community as the norm when in fact the film was set it a subculture of gay mens lives. If I'm not mistaken when it was released in cinemas and on DVD it had a disclaimer stating that the film only represented a small section of the gay community - or something like that.
People with an agenda will grab anything to use against others, so really disclaimers are at least useful for setting things out up front about the intentions of the films and in the case of older films their historical setting. The Eternal Jew (1940) & Jud Süß (1940), two of the most famous Nazi propaganda films, should never be viewed without a explanatory title card.[/quote]
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