Record #1289

Date:
25/06/1928
Record Type:
Speech/address
Reel:
Reel 4
Frame Start:
4-1883
Frame End:
4-1888
Legacy ID:
1300
Legacy Year:
1928
Legacy Index:
Crime
Comments:
EDITORIAL COMMENT: A curious mixture of naive statements about motion pictures and audiences, together with general talk about criminal psychology - all addressed to an international convention of Chiefs of Police - what is being invoked here is the function of the movies to reinforce existing social norms, but these are taken for granted. This is an aesthetic judgement masquerading as an analysis of audience response, and/or vice versa - but the relative simplicity of what's being said ought to be noted here.

Crime and the Motion Picture. Dr. Simon suggests that movies teach people "lessons of proper human behaviour," but also suggests that they could not do anything else, and would be emotionally unsatisfactory if they did. He argues that pictures have to have a positive denouement: "When the hero wins in spite of trials and tribulations against the machinations of the wily villain, there comes that relief, a relaxation that always follows in the wake of danger avoided, fear dispelled. Everyone wishes to see wrong righted, to have honesty win over crookedness. That is instinctive. When a pictures does not end in this way it is unsatisfactory and creates a barrier twixt the story and the audience."

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