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Is Cinema Dead?
January 28, 2011, 5:08 pm
Filed under: New Perspectives for New Contexts

For the debate next week we’re discussing, is Cinema dead? I’ll be arguing that cinema is dead, even though I believe cinema isn’t dead. Here is a collection of sources about this case.

Highest Grossing Films

This is actually an interesting chart. From the chart it is evident that cinema has been majorly affected by the internet. Titanic for a long time was the highest grossing film in the world. It was released in 1997 and as far as I can remember, the internet hadn’t even taken off by then. 1998-1999 the internet started developing and since then no major blockbuster film has over taken Titanic, until recently.

Avatar has been a true cinematic phenomenon. This all comes down to the 3D experience, which Avatar has fully taken on board. People have said that to truly appreciate the film, you need to watch it at the cinema. I do agree in some way with Peter Greenaway in the fact that TV’s being brought into the home has affected cinema. As time has gone on, technology has become more advanced which is allowing people to bring the cinematic experience into their homes, such as HD TV’s and surround sound. Also with the internet giving people access to films before they are released in the cinema, there is this issue of people realising they can watch new releases for free, in the comfort of their own home. 3D is slowly being integrated into homes, so at the moment the real 3D experiences lies at the cinema. This is why Avatar did extremely well, because cinema was offering an experience that you can’t replicate in the home…at the moment.

A brief account of someone’s experience of Cinema:

Zinzel: The Cinema Experience

A couple of guardian articles discussing  the issue:

Destruction of Cinema since the 50’s

Piracy DVD Hollywood

BBC Articles

New Tactics in Film Piracy

Cinema Is Dead (Peter Greenaway)

Front Row

Fin De Cinema

Is Independent Cinema Dead? – Vincenzo Natali, Director of Splice

Is Independent Cinema Dead? – Nicolas Winding Refn, Director of Bronson & Valhalla Rising

Ezine Articles: Is Cinema Dead?

James Cameron: The Future of Cinema




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