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Favorite Scene From A Movie
The scene in Jaws when Quint tells the story of when he was on the U.S. Indianapolis. And when the shark attacks the boat while they are singing a song, and how at first Quint is the only one who realizes it. The 4th of July scene too.
Posted on 06/09/13 08:28 AM | Last edited on 06/09/13 08:28 AM
Earlier this week I started thinking about how much more tamed old films were. I have always noticed that, but I didn’t really go into deep thought about it until this week. I thought it would be a great idea to blog about how I feel that my generation is much more desensitized because of stuff on TV, and it modern movies. That is definitely a problem with the world today. I notice that stuff that used to be really disturbing to audiences in the 60’s doesn’t affect people in my generation. I hope this blog makes people think about that stuff, and I hope that whoever reads this can see my point. I think my generation is much more desensitized to things like sex, and violence, and other disturbing things.
Over time films have become increasingly less tamed. Now it seems like filmmakers can get away with almost anything. The first film that started the trend of films being more disturbing was probably Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho (1960).” There were so many things in that film that scared people to death. Hitchcock was deeply criticized by Paramount pictures for the movie, and they all got mad at him, because they thought that what he was doing was way to graphic, and disturbing. The stuff that he did in that film has no affect on my generation, and it isn’t scary at all to people my age.
A really controversial scene was the scene where Marion Crane is murdered in the shower. Hitchcock was almost not allowed to do that, because it was something that audiences had never seen before. A scene like that I think should still be really upsetting, but it isn’t to a modern audience. I think it is an example of how much more desensitized we have gotten over the years. Hitchcock at the time was barely able to get away with doing something that today would be much more worse and brutal. He had to do a lot of things to make the scene less offensive like not show nudity, but if that movie was being made today they wouldn’t have to restrict anything for the scene, because our generation expects stuff like that to be more brutal. That is just an example of how my generation is able to take more violence then previous generations.
Psycho also made it more ok for films to have more sex in it. Like the opening scene where we see the two lovers in bed, and the one girl is in her bra was almost not allowed to be shown to the public. Back then that was controversial to show a half naked woman in bed with a man who she wasn’t even married too. Nowadays it seems like people get disappointed if they didn’t see them have sex, and if they didn’t see the woman completely naked. It shows the difference between audiences from 1960, from current audiences. We have such different expectations
All the stuff that in 1960 that disturbed and scared the hell out of everybody would be almost nothing to a modern audience member, because of how much more desensitized we are. The scene that I talked about made woman scared to take showers for years, but it has had no effect on any girls that I know. It doesn’t affect them, because they have seen way worse in other films. It doesn’t actually affect anybody in my generation, because we have all seen way worse.
Nowadays we watch movies like Saw where people are getting tortured by a psychotic Jigsaw killer. I will admit that I liked the first one and the third one, but I didn’t care for the others that much. That trilogy is the most successful horror trilogy of all time. I am amazed by the stuff that disturbed audiences 50 years ago compared to what disturbed audiences today. If you compare how disturbing a film like Saw is and then you compare that to a film like Psycho, and that should really show how far movies, and audience’s standards have gone. I feel like audiences nowadays need gross, and disturbing things to scare us, and not just stuff jumping out at you.
That isn’t true for everybody, but there is an audience that is definitely really desensitized, and there are certain films that I feel like are responsible for causing this. Right now all my friends are talking about seeing The Purge, which looks scary, but I think it will be to disturbing to enjoy. The trailers for that film inspired this blog. Even if films like that scare you what are you going to get out of them? Horror movies today in my opinion won’t offer anything good for you, besides entertainment. I never watch movies that are actually really scary, and felt like I got something out of them. They are pointless when you think about it.
I feel like I should talk about the movie the Purge more, because that was what inspired me to write this. That film is about how one night every year where people can commit any crime they want without facing consequences. It had helped the world because people are able to take out whatever anger they have towards other people, and they go out killing people. When you think about that it is really messed up. I can tell that it is just going to be a deeply disturbing movie, and I will probably walk out of the theatre if I see it.
I wrote this blog to discuss how films are becoming increasingly more disturbing, and how they have become more disturbing over time. I also wanted to make people think about what used to be really disturbing considered to what is considered disturbing today. If my blog made you think about that, or made you think at all, please tell me that in a comment. I may redo this blog to make it better in the future.