A Wonderful Video Tribute to the 'Importance of Cinema in Our Lives'
by Alex Billington
May 1, 2020
"One simple question. A world of emotions." While everyone waits patiently at home all over the world for movie theaters to reopen, Lost in Film has put together a video tribute to the importance of cinema. They reached out to various cinephiles across the world and asked them to answer this simple question: "Why do you love cinema?" They then edited a video together featuring footage from various films and the answers they received, highlighting different perspectives and points of view about the importance of cinema in our lives. The result is something that will certainly make you emotional, and remind you why you love movies and keep watching them. That's why you read this site anyway, right? I always love watching these rousing video tributes to the magic of movies & the power of visual storytelling, and this one is especially wonderful.
This video essay was originally posted by @LostInFilm. The short description from Vimeo: "'Why do you love cinema?' is a visual project exploring the importance of cinema in our lives." The video was made and edited by Ignacio Montalvo for the online movie magazine Lost In Film - you can follow him on Twitter @ignmontalvo. He has also made video mashups about "Faces of Cinema" and "All Movies Are Connected" and the use of "Color in Movies". Making this video, he explains : "my initial idea was to collect all responses by writing them in a personal blog. But, as I started to get more replies, it occurred to me to do something more ambitious and attractive: ask everyone who replied to that tweet to send a voice message accompanied by a scene or moment from their favorite film." For a list of the films featured, check the credits. Thoughts?
Fewer and fewer people have this kind of love for theaters. Most people are comfortable texting or perusing Instagram during a showing.
DAVIDPD on May 1, 2020
You're right, that's true. But that doesn't mean cinemas aren't still the most wonderful place to watch and experience movies. I wish it was more sacred and they enforced rules against using your phone, cause I still love sitting in the theater and being pulled into the screen every time.
Alex Billington on May 3, 2020
Indeed. I was shocked when I first heard/saw this type of behavior in Japan. It definitely was not as bad as in the USA, but people will still flick their screens on the check messages in the middle of a showing. It is just a matter of time before we lose theaters or they become something of a living relic. This time is akin to when people could leave their doors unlocked without fear of thievery. I am sure in the transitional times of the 1960s-70s, people were thinking the same exact same stuff. "What is this world coming to?"
DAVIDPD on May 4, 2020
True. I just think it's pretty easy to fix it - but all these theaters are afraid. We just need to teach people respect, and part of that comes from enforcing the rules and kicking people out of they break them. It's an important step towards making movie theaters truly great places again.
Alex Billington on May 5, 2020
Such a beautiful and profound video. It truly encapsulates the love I have for cinema. When someone asks me, I'll just post this and say all of the above.
aleks_989 on May 3, 2020
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