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(FilmDrunk)   Theater patrons demand refund after learning that "The Artist" was a silent movie. YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG   (filmdrunk.uproxx.com) divider line 58
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2012-01-18 03:28:40 PM  
WHAT?
 
2012-01-18 03:49:32 PM  
If movie audiences were limited to the well-informed Hollywood would go broke. Smart theater managers will put a sign up at the box office. "The Artist is a SILENT movie."
 
2012-01-18 03:51:00 PM  
Critically acclaimed silent films? Pffftt... next you're gonna tell me Technicolor is the new hotness, right?
 
2012-01-18 03:54:50 PM  
Well, at least those asshats talking on cell phones don't interfere with the dialogue
 
2012-01-18 03:57:59 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Well, at least those asshats talking on cell phones don't interfere with the dialogue


Crazy enough, when I saw it, people were extra quiet. It's like because there was no dialogue, any talking in the theater would stand out even more.
 
2012-01-18 03:59:14 PM  

JerseyTim: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Well, at least those asshats talking on cell phones don't interfere with the dialogue

Crazy enough, when I saw it, people were extra quiet. It's like because there was no dialogue, any talking in the theater would stand out even more.


I blame Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay for rude behavior in theaters.
 
2012-01-18 04:04:51 PM  

JerseyTim: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Well, at least those asshats talking on cell phones don't interfere with the dialogue

Crazy enough, when I saw it, people were extra quiet. It's like because there was no dialogue, any talking in the theater would stand out even more.


That's how it was in our theater. Husband & I even got shushed for laughing at parts.
 
2012-01-18 04:06:53 PM  
...and it's in black and white, too! I demand a further discount!
 
2012-01-18 04:15:12 PM  

oldfarthenry: ...and it's in black and white, too! I demand a further discount!


Even worse, it's only 2D - what a ripoff! This is 2012 not 1912!
 
2012-01-18 04:17:57 PM  
I'm only posting in here to inform you all that I'm giving you the silent treatment.
 
2012-01-18 04:18:40 PM  
Not entirely silent.
 
2012-01-18 04:23:31 PM  

That coward David Lopan: I'm only posting in here to inform you all that I'm giving you the silent treatment.


Shhhhh!
 
2012-01-18 04:25:48 PM  

foo monkey: Not entirely silent.


Ooo, there's a fart joke in it?
 
2012-01-18 04:26:02 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: WHAT?




*Holding up sign that reads "YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG!"*
 
2012-01-18 04:26:15 PM  
I'm pissed The Iron Lady didn't have flying robots with repulsor beams.
 
2012-01-18 04:30:22 PM  

foo monkey: Not entirely silent.


Like this?

t2.gstatic.com
 
2012-01-18 04:34:47 PM  

ZMugg: foo monkey: Not entirely silent.

Like this?

[t2.gstatic.com image 294x171]


Mel Fun, Marty Eggs, and Dom Bell were ahead of their time.

/off to throw myself on a live soda can.
 
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2012-01-18 04:35:25 PM  
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2012-01-18 04:36:21 PM  

ZMugg: foo monkey: Not entirely silent.

Like this?

[t2.gstatic.com image 294x171]


If only I wouldn't have answered the wife's text message!
 
2012-01-18 04:38:23 PM  

brigid_fitch: JerseyTim: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Well, at least those asshats talking on cell phones don't interfere with the dialogue

Crazy enough, when I saw it, people were extra quiet. It's like because there was no dialogue, any talking in the theater would stand out even more.

That's how it was in our theater. Husband & I even got shushed for laughing at parts.


I couldn't enjoy my popcorn because the crunch was thunderous.
 
2012-01-18 04:39:19 PM  
Um....

it wasn't. There was a soundtrack. At the end, there was even dialogue.

Just because most of it was music doesn't make it silent.
 
2012-01-18 04:39:25 PM  
This reminds me of the story earlier last month where the woman tried to sue because she thought Drive was falsely advertised as a Fast/Furious type movie or worse, any of the times most of us have seen a parent drag her seven year old out of an R rated movie called "Blood, Tits and Multiple Uses of the Eff Word" because they didn't know it would be unsuitable for kids.

It's really not hard to learn about a movie before you see it.
 
2012-01-18 04:42:55 PM  
I remember Pan's Labyrinth coming out on DVD and my local Hollywood Video before forced to hang signs and disclaimers proclaiming that it was in Spanish with subtitles. Apparently there were enough rubes who rented it and then got upset that reading was involved.
 
2012-01-18 04:45:53 PM  

Wayne 985: I remember Pan's Labyrinth coming out on DVD and my local Hollywood Video before forced to hang signs and disclaimers proclaiming that it was in Spanish with subtitles. Apparently there were enough rubes who rented it and then got upset that reading was involved.


I think we're all just getting used to dubs. Reading the dialog of the Girl w/dragon tattoo really ruined the movie for me. Saw PL dubbed so I know it's available.
 
2012-01-18 04:48:40 PM  
Objection, your honor!

The pod race WAS pretty cool...
 
2012-01-18 04:49:11 PM  

Spoon over Marin: Wayne 985: I remember Pan's Labyrinth coming out on DVD and my local Hollywood Video before forced to hang signs and disclaimers proclaiming that it was in Spanish with subtitles. Apparently there were enough rubes who rented it and then got upset that reading was involved.

I think we're all just getting used to dubs. Reading the dialog of the Girl w/dragon tattoo really ruined the movie for me. Saw PL dubbed so I know it's available.


I haven't seen The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, so I can't speak to that, but I haven't had a problem with any other films with subtitles. There's an adjustment period of five to ten minutes, but it works fine after and I get to a point of not even noticing. Frankly, I find dubs a lot more distracting. There's a feeling of disharmony that irks me in a live action film where the voices don't match to the characters.
 
2012-01-18 04:50:12 PM  
There's an urban legend that tells of The Madness of King George being changed from the original title of The Madness of George III because American audiences would have thought that it was the third film of a trilogy.

All too plausibe. Dumbass yanks.
 
2012-01-18 04:53:04 PM  

Wayne 985: I remember Pan's Labyrinth coming out on DVD and my local Hollywood Video before forced to hang signs and disclaimers proclaiming that it was in Spanish with subtitles. Apparently there were enough rubes who rented it and then got upset that reading was involved.


Heh, that was most likely the least of the surprises that film held for people who didn't know what it really was.
 
2012-01-18 04:54:25 PM  
I'm telling you, these non-talkies are going to ruin Hollywood.
 
2012-01-18 05:06:14 PM  
I had no idea Sweeney Todd was a musical, remember thinking, "ok, an opening musical number, lots of films have these" then, when another song started up I leaned over to my friend and loudly whispered "It's a musical?!" Thankfully the cinema served beer.
 
2012-01-18 05:12:07 PM  

CommieTaoist: I had no idea Sweeney Todd was a musical, remember thinking, "ok, an opening musical number, lots of films have these" then, when another song started up I leaned over to my friend and loudly whispered "It's a musical?!" Thankfully the cinema served beer.


Whenever I see a musical I usually think, "This movie would be pretty cool if everyone didn't stop and sing and dance for no reason". Because they usually have good actors and production values but the whole concept of shoving dance numbers into a narrative that isn't The Blues Brothers just makes no sense to me.
 
2012-01-18 05:20:00 PM  
I remember when I found out that the Star Wars movies weren't documentaries.

ALL LIES.
 
2012-01-18 05:21:11 PM  

rufus-t-firefly: I remember when I found out that the Star Wars movies weren't documentaries.

ALL LIES.


Like Highlander?
 
2012-01-18 05:27:28 PM  

The Goddamn Batman: Like Highlander?


There can be only one.

Except for the sequel. And the three other sequels. And the TV show. And the spin off of the TV show. And the comic book. Was there a cartoon?
 
2012-01-18 05:30:18 PM  
I actually RTFA and was shocked - SHOCKED, I say - to see that this happened in the UK as opposed to mid-America.
 
2012-01-18 05:31:38 PM  
Next you'll tell me Titanic wasn't based on an actual old lady with a diamond.
 
2012-01-18 05:44:41 PM  

Mulchpuppy: I actually RTFA and was shocked - SHOCKED, I say - to see that this happened in the UK as opposed to mid-America.


We probably haven't seen any of these stories in the US yet because The Artist isn't in wide release yet. I had to go to an arthouse cinema last week to see it.
 
2012-01-18 05:50:10 PM  
Its really a shame that laughing at stupid people to their face isn't socially acceptible. It might help fix problems like this.
 
2012-01-18 05:51:47 PM  

Mugato: CommieTaoist: Whenever I see a musical I usually think, "This movie would be pretty cool if everyone didn't stop and sing and dance for no reason". Because they usually have good actors and production values but the whole concept of shoving dance numbers into a narrative that isn't The Blues Brothers just makes no sense to me.


You know, it's funny. I make musicals for a living, I think they're a great form of storytelling, but movie musicals give me the same reaction you have. Even animated ones. I just watched a Disney movie last night, and every time a song started I was like, "oh shiat, I hope this song is short, I was just getting into the scene!"

I'm not sure why that is, I guess we're just conditioned to being fed information in a certain way based on the genre. Sort of like how these people are upset because they went in expecting a talking picture and got a silent film. You have to be in the mood to be receptive to it.
 
2012-01-18 05:54:56 PM  

CommieTaoist: I had no idea Sweeney Todd was a musical, remember thinking, "ok, an opening musical number, lots of films have these" then, when another song started up I leaned over to my friend and loudly whispered "It's a musical?!" Thankfully the cinema served beer.



I saw that when it came out (I think it was an Xmas release), and the theatre was about half-full (matinee), and the couple in front of us got up and walked out while Johnny was still singing his way into harbour on the ship.

I've never walked out of a film (maybe because I only see about 5 a year in theatres), but I just had to laugh at how quickly they made their decision. "Oh! He sang! I totally heard him sing. That's it, we're leaving. C'mon, Jeannine."

/This theatre served no beer...
 
2012-01-18 06:01:01 PM  

rufus-t-firefly: I remember when I found out that the Star Wars movies weren't documentaries.

ALL LIES.


Dunno if it was intentional or not,but I just read that last part in Sir David Attenborough's voice ala Spitting Image. Either way,you get a +1.
 
2012-01-18 06:03:00 PM  

GungFu: There's an urban legend that tells of The Madness of King George being changed from the original title of The Madness of George III because American audiences would have thought that it was the third film of a trilogy.

All too plausibe. Dumbass yanks.


That's like when people were wondering what happened to Apollo parts I through XVII.
 
2012-01-18 06:29:54 PM  

CommieTaoist: I had no idea Sweeney Todd was a musical, remember thinking, "ok, an opening musical number, lots of films have these" then, when another song started up I leaned over to my friend and loudly whispered "It's a musical?!" Thankfully the cinema served beer.


Ooooooo Roxy Roller.
 
2012-01-18 07:05:14 PM  

whenIsayGO: I'm not sure why that is, I guess we're just conditioned to being fed information in a certain way based on the genre. Sort of like how these people are upset because they went in expecting a talking picture and got a silent film. You have to be in the mood to be receptive to it.


For me, as someone who appreciates and (tries to make) films, there's a certain level of suspension of disbelief. I can buy guys from the planet Krypton who can fly and Jedi running around with lightsabers because all the crazy shiat is explained in some way in the narrative, no matter how far fetched the explanation. But everyone just stopping and breaking out into song and dance just sort of takes me out of the story.

Not to take away from what you do, I sure couldn't do it.
 
2012-01-18 07:18:08 PM  

Jim_Callahan: Um....

it wasn't. There was a soundtrack. At the end, there was even dialogue.

Just because most of it was music doesn't make it silent.


Technically, it does - it's still classified as a silent film.

Old enough to know better: Its really a shame that laughing at stupid people to their face isn't socially acceptible. It might help fix problems like this.


Your ideas intrigue me, and I will vote for you in the next county election.
 
2012-01-18 07:30:50 PM  

Mugato: whenIsayGO: I'm not sure why that is, I guess we're just conditioned to being fed information in a certain way based on the genre. Sort of like how these people are upset because they went in expecting a talking picture and got a silent film. You have to be in the mood to be receptive to it.

For me, as someone who appreciates and (tries to make) films, there's a certain level of suspension of disbelief. I can buy guys from the planet Krypton who can fly and Jedi running around with lightsabers because all the crazy shiat is explained in some way in the narrative, no matter how far fetched the explanation. But everyone just stopping and breaking out into song and dance just sort of takes me out of the story.

Not to take away from what you do, I sure couldn't do it.


I know what you mean. When I see a musical I think of it as seeing the world with kind of an extra layer of perception that doesn't exist in everyday life. Like in addition to hearing people talk and seeing them walk around, you can hear music that isn't actually playing in their world and their inner thoughts are visible/audible in song and dance. But you have to really buy into that, so when it pops up in places you don't expect, or is badly implemented where the use of song feels inconsistent, it's jarring.
 
2012-01-18 07:32:04 PM  

Jim_Callahan: Um....

it wasn't. There was a soundtrack. At the end, there was even dialogue.

Just because most of it was music doesn't make it silent.


Um.. dude. Silent films always had soundtracks. Usually played by live performers during the show. "SIlent" referred to dialogue only.
 
2012-01-18 07:56:16 PM  
I was on line for the movies once when I overheard a young couple talking about taking their child to "Jurassic Park" because it had "dinosaurs! You know, like Barney? You like Barney!"
 
2012-01-18 08:13:13 PM  

skylabdown: Jim_Callahan: Um....

it wasn't. There was a soundtrack. At the end, there was even dialogue.

Just because most of it was music doesn't make it silent.

Um.. dude. Silent films always had soundtracks. Usually played by live performers during the show. "SIlent" referred to dialogue only.


[pedantry] There was no soundtrack whatsoever with silent film. So no dialogue, no sound effects, no music. The music was played simultaneously alongside the film, but the film itself was completely silent. Ergo silent film. [/pedantry]
 
2012-01-18 08:30:19 PM  

If people were asking for refunds after seeing The Artist, then they must've burned the theaters down after seeing the ending of "The Devil Inside".


The Artist is really one of the best films last year. There was a sound track, just no dialog.

 
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