in 'intro to film theory', we were assigned to develop our own theory about watching movies. mine was 'neo-pseudo-post-phenomenalism', building off the theory that we perceive movies as a mixture of what the movie contains and what we bring to it with our personal experiences: it's like tang--where the powdered image and the watered us meet, the movie viewing experience is made.
i took that idea further by saying that the environment in which we watch a movie is also critical to the experience. whether we watch a movie by ourselves at the end of a long day, in class after having just studied the civil war, or after having stood in line for hours to be at the premiere with similar enthusiasts, it catalyzes the viewing immensely.
what others have told us about it, what we have seen and what we are expecting, preferences based upon other favorites in the genre, or maybe we know nothing about the film going into it--all of those can be for good or ill in how we connect with the show.
sad that so much of how we receive movies is affected by such a myriad of variables.
the general is always a classic, but the showing at the capitol theater created an atmosphere where it was impossible not to fall in love with buster keaton.
i wish i could see more movies that way.
he that hath an ear, let him hear.