Sunday, 2 August 2009

Fine primo tempo

The kind of Italian films that get discussed in this blog would be shown with an intermission splitting them up into two parts; sometimes when watching an Italian-sourced print you'll see the intermission cards within the film.

But were there intermission placements standardised, or left up to the projectionist to decide upon when he was making up the film from its component reels?

And has anyone ever discussed the construction of the film in relation to this: in the former case that there needed to be a climactic moment at the designated intermission reel change point or, in the latter, that each reel had to have its own discrete climax, so that the intermission could be placed after any reel?

Or, to put it another way, is there a Planet Hong Kong for Italian popular cinema circa 1956-84 that relates the formal properties of the films to their mode of production in a comparable manner

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