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  •  I grew up in days when you had two choices (1+ / 0-)
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    if you wanted to see a classic film: (a) wait until it showed up on public television or (b) wait until it showed up at the local revival house.

    Sometimes a rare film would get re-released and it was an event -- but only among the film geeks.

    Today there's at least a low quality version of damn near anything you want to see just a mouse click away. You want to study how Hitchcock put together the attack scene in Rear Window? Boom -- there it is in front of you, and you didn't even have to leave your chair. When I was 10 nobody could even see Rear Window in any way, because it was out of release.

    As a teenager I would gorge myself on broadcasts of classics from the 40s and 50s, while my father, literally as a policy, refused to watch anything that was black and white. So it's not generational. "Old" or "Classic" media is a vertical market. It always has been, and it always will be.

    You can call it "class warfare" -- we call it "common sense"

    by kenlac on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 06:13:39 AM PDT

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