17 7 / 2014
"People tend to find books when they are ready for them."
16 7 / 2014
"What makes man laugh or cry, what he finds endearing, exciting or exalting remains substantially unaltered… It was as much fun to hold hands in a nickelodeon while the hero and heroine exchanged less chaste embraces as it is now in a picture palace.
The more things change, the more they remain the same! … It is inevitable that words and situations we today accept without misgiving will be the laughingstock of tomorrow.
Cinematic prophets have been wrong with a rare consistency. They discouraged films running longer than twenty minutes, they disparaged sound, they discounted television. One prediction, however, requires no clairvoyance. The fans of the future, like those of the past, will have and hold dear Westerns and comedies, melodrama and romance, spectacles and musicals. The Westerns may well be more psychological, the comedies less slapstick, the melodrama more credible, the romance less sentimental, the spectacles more spectacular, and the musicals less formalized. Our guess is that tomorrow’s movies will be more flexible and experimental in style and substance. Occasionally, they will flirt with fantasy, occasionally they will even dare to face the honest realities of daily life.
Regardless, however, moviegoers will continue to insist on glamorous personalities to identify with and to idolize—stars like Garbo and Monroe, Valentino and Brando. Their impact on the dreams of young people will not differ greatly from one generation to another. If we cannot share the current teenage passion for Elvis Presley, let us recall that our parents could not see what we saw about Frank Sinatra that was so wonderful. And also there will be men that will make fans of the future laugh, the successors to Keaton, Langdon, Lloyd, and Lewis. And if God is very, very kind, there will be another Chaplin to make them cry as they laugh.
We are living in days of heart-breaking uncertainty. One thing is certain: more Americans will see pictures every hour of the day than ever saw them before. Their importance in our daily life will be greater than ever before achieved by any medium of communication. Will they be better, will they be better than the movies of yesterday and today? It is a foolish question. To those of us who have lived through the wonders of the past sixty years there can be no misgivings about the glories of the future. The authors of this book are jealous of the men who will write its sequel in 2017!"