May 27, 2022

“It’s a serialized, Dickensian way of looking at and distributing filmed media.”

From "Ways to Describe a Limited or Prestige Series Without Saying It’s 'Like a Six-Hour Movie'" (The New Yorker).

11 comments:

Earnest Prole said...

Cinema is no longer an art form for adults, but its replacement, episodic stories you view on your phone, is emotionally if not visually far more satisfying.

Mark said...

I can't even begin to make sense of that rambling stream-of-consciousness mess of words that is the New Yorker piece.

Ann Althouse said...

I deleted a comment for containing extra space. You can try posting it again, but don't put a bunch of extra paragraph breaks in a comment. Even if it's unintentional, I have to take it out because it looks bad.

Ann Althouse said...

@Mark You really want to comment to say you can't understand a New Yorker humor piece?

Joe Smith said...

'I deleted a comment for containing extra space. You can try posting it again, but don't put a bunch of extra paragraph breaks in a comment. Even if it's unintentional, I have to take it out because it looks bad.'

Maybe it was me.

I always use these kinds of breaks as it makes sense to me.

Hard to believe, but I have written many white papers, brochures, and print ads.

Carol said...

Yeah sorry Ann. I meant to fix that before posting.

cfkane1701 said...

"It's ten hours of content wrapped around two hours of plot."

Marc said...

The essay was amusing, sure. The 'Dickensian' way was the best, although too many of the actors in the imagined creative process probably have no serious understanding what is 'Dickensian'.

I don't understand why people watch 'limited or prestige series' (or, indeed, not so prestigious movies like The Valley of Gwangi) on their mobile telephones; just don't get it. Don't most people have three or four foot video displays at home these days?

Ann Althouse said...

@ Carol

Thanks. I just feel bad to delete.

mikee said...

Althouse's comment about leaving spaces versus removing them is amazingly apposite to this post about miniseries versus long movies. Well played, blog host!

SC65 said...

Watching a tremendous show like Better Call Saul on your phone is stupid. The best TV outstrips movies in production values and cinematic technique. You can't appreciate these shows on your phone.