Tuesday, 12 April 2011

To Entertain or not?

The question of whether film is made for entertainment or what its value is in our cultures bothers me these days. This nagging question led me to discover the so-called 'father' of motion picture, Eadward Muybridge. Muybridge's picture frames set in motion certainly sheds a truly different light on the present state of the film industry and how things have changed since the beginning of motion pictures.

Taking into account the fact that film is also called a motion picture and is originally a story created by the illusion of moving images. This humble discovery grew into the an art form and industry The significance of film lies in its value as cultural artifacts that reflects cultures, and, in turn, affects them. As the phenomenon of film developed into an art form and a source of popular entertainment it came to overpower the entertainment industry mainly because it utilizes a universal visual language. This film language evolved into the almost natural ability of today's audiences to understand and follow, in truth, an extremely abstract sequence of pictures set in motion.

As the making and showing of motion pictures became a source of profit as it clearly is in the present, the significance of film as an art form were in a way shoved aside almost as soon as the process was invented and universally understood. This deems for the existence of the more formulaic films that are mostly made for entertainment. Yet many filmmakers still strive to create works of lasting significance whether for artistic or social purposes and these films are definitely not merely enjoyed as a form entertainment.

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