Monday, March 07, 2005

Why There Are So Many Doors in Movies

Mitchell Stephens at NYU has an article, originally published in the Columbia Journalism Review, considering the advance of technology and media as illustrated by the number of doors in various versions of The Postman Always Rings Twice.A new medium usually has to overcome a strong tendency to devote itself almost entirely to the products of the much more respected older medium it is imitating. Only then can it come up with original products of its own. Writing had to do more than preserve the ancient epics. Printing had to do more than make the old handwritten manuscripts accessible. Film and television had (have) to do more than aim cameras at plays.

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