Would Cavemen Watch Movies?
the mold and saw the medium reach new heights was
Orson Welles’ 1941 masterpiece Citizen Kane.
Of course our modern theaters with reclining seats are far more comfortable than primitive rocks and logs. The resolution of a digital movie screen is more detailed, albeit less warm than the blazing fires of our ancestors, and Scarlett Johansson is no doubt far more attractive than the tribal elders that once passed on their tales to younger generations.
For all the multi-million dollar budgets, CGI, and special effects that modern movies use, at their core they ignite something primitive in all of us – the desire to hear a story.
Film tells a story like few other forms of media can. Of course, live theatre is a very direct and real means of telling a story, and when you are in the audience, there is nothing like it. However, live theatre finds its limitations in terms of audience size. Once you get a certain distance from the stage, the nuances in the actors’ movement get lost and you strain to hear the dialogue. You can’t see the subtlety in their expressions, the raise of an eyebrow, or the smirk of a smile.
Early films seemed to solve a lot of the problems inherent in a packed playhouse by