Lousy 21st Century Ideas


Ego-fueled ideas from
already wealthy “just business” people
(with too much money and too little heart-centered education)

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Are 21st Century Capitalists Taking America Backwards?

Each year during the Christmas Season I seek out my favorite classic Christmas films to watch again: White Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Carol, and many other films that have stood the test of time with a jaded American public.

This year I finally located one of my lesser-known favorites, “A Christmas Memory,” adapted from a short story by Truman Capote, originally published in Mademoiselle magazine in December 1956, and reprinted in The Selected Writings of Truman Capote in 1963.

The largely autobiographical story takes place in the 1930s, beautifully recreating a period in the lives of the seven-year-old narrator and an elderly woman who is his distant cousin and best friend.

The evocative narrative focuses on country life, friendship, and the joy of giving during the Christmas season, and it also gently yet poignantly touches on loneliness and loss.

Now a holiday classic, “A Christmas Memory” has been broadcast, recorded, filmed, and staged multiple times, in award-winning productions. ~ From Wikipedia

Wait! Remakes?

I don’t particularly care for remakes. It makes me sad and more than a little unsettled almost every time the marketing for yet another remake darkens my horizon.

There is SO much writing talent that studio executives could hire to create new films.  Piles of potentially brilliant new films languish unread or are returned unopened by those hot-shot decision makers.

I suppose there are remakes that improve over the original production but, for the most part, it is only through the corrupted lenses of ego and corporate capitalism that I can understand the rationale behind remakes at all.

However, I strongly prefer remakes to the rude and ham-fisted
alteration of the originals I see far too often today.

For those who don’t know

Classic black and white films were crafted by professional cinematographers – artists – who understood the interplay between light and shadow and used it to visual effect to underscore the themes of each of the scenes in those films. Some of those old films (and old black and white photos) are visual masterpieces.

Many of the films I still adore were created at a time when the use of color was either nonexistent or a new and novel technology that had not yet proven its worth as a studio investment.

I cherish the dramatic nuance in those old black and white films, which is obliterated in the colorized versions. Actually, one of the worst things about the colorization of black and white films is that what works beautifully in black and white may not necessarily work at all in color.

Related: Read more about the artistic merits of black and white films below
25 Black & White Films for People Who Don’t Like Them

History’s demise?

Unfortunately, it is getting more and more difficult to find classic films that have not been colored over — “thanks” to money-rich and education-poor “entrepreneurs” obsessed with acquiring more wealth than most of us would spend in several lifetimes, selling their colorized versions to new “markets.”

And, since art education is no longer considered worthy of inclusion in our common-core public education curriculum, much of the American public actually considers the colorized versions better.

They actually seek them out, eager to purchase or rent – further lining the pockets of those narrowly educated, 1% just-business capitalists.

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Why they do it

As Ethan Trex from his article on the Mental-Floss blog says:

It’s easy to see why studios loved colorization. What business wouldn’t like a little trick where it could nearly double its investment just by dusting off an old product it had sitting on the shelf?

Filmmakers weren’t as crazy about it, though. They had spent hundreds of hours painstakingly crafting their films, and they didn’t want anyone mucking around with their visuals.

Ted Turner was perhaps the most visible proponent of colorizing films throughout the 1980s. Turner International owned a gigantic library of old films, and Turner … saw these old movies as a potential cash cow.

In 1985, Turner announced that he was considering colorizing Citizen Kane. Orson Welles was in failing health by then, but just a few weeks before he died he asked a friend, ‘Don’t let Ted Turner deface my movie with his crayons.’

Common Core – a recipe for a “common” populace

It is a heartbreak that our American educational system has been so limited for so long that art and artists from a great many venues are now disrespected in a manner where colorizing is considered a GOOD thing, and by far too many Americans.

I am so grateful that I was fortunate enough to be educated at a time before political pundits decided that programs for art, music and theatre education were superfluous.

God forbid America should have a reputation for a broadly educated populace taught to appreciate the brilliance in others, or to think for themselves, or to recognize mediocre or cruel ideas bandied about for what they truly are. (Horrors, it might even show up in how they vote every four years! We can’t have THAT, can we?)

What’s your next gazillionaire Big Idea, 1% hotshots?

  • Hey, why don’t you buy an art gallery with a fabulous collection so you can hire someone to paint over the pictures in the “colors of the year” to attract more visitors? People would pay to see them, no doubt, and some would even buy them — and that’s ALL that matters to you, right?
  • How about buying the rights to the works of Shakespeare so that you could “modernize” the language for a dumbed-down populace that barely reads anymore anyway? Or, hey, let’s overdub the voices in all the classic films with the voices of the Little Mermaid and the Snow Queen or a currently trending rapper?
  • Maybe you could purchase the rights to classic recordings so you can replace those tired old voices with rock stars or popular entertainers whose singing lacks depth, but whose images will look good on the cover of whatever today’s version of a record jacket happens to be?

Do you REALLY want to leave an ego-fueled legacy that’s not yours to leave and will, ultimately prove to be an embarrassment to your memory?

Or has life become ALL about money these days?

Here’s an idea

If WE don’t buy, they can’t sell. Maybe they’ll move on to create the next barely-literate iPhone addiction format or something, STOP nonsense like this and START purchasing to protect rather than destroy – like the amazing Loretta Hines Howard, who donated a priceless Precepeo to the Met.

It’s worth a shot – especially during the next four years. The 1% now in charge will most certainly need our guidance in a language they are likely to hear: profit and loss.

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83 Responses to Lousy 21st Century Ideas

  1. Excellent post. I have nothing to rant about today – It’s Wednesday and the Monday grump has disappeared, so just warm hugs and a thanks for the offer. Made me smile, so mission accomplished in anyway. Thanks! 🙂

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    • Thanks, Christoph. I’ve been grumping midweek about the political mishegas in the US of late – so I thought I’d give everybody a break this Monday. 🙂

      I posted the Mental Health Awareness calendar for February instead.

      ANY time you need a good grump, you can always pop up the Grumpy Linklist and ring in at the bottom of *any* of them. We go by ADD rules here, so comments never close here. (Don’t worry – although I don’t Grump every single Monday, it will NEVER disappear!)

      If you want a bit of a smile, check out the Friday Funnies Memory post
      xx,
      mgh

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  2. mgh adds: BREAKING NEWS from one of Tink’s friends, Danny the Dog!

    Ted Turner finally came to his senses and gave us Turner Classic Movies (TCM).

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    • GREAT to know that Turner Classics are the original black and white films (whew!)

      I turned my back on Turner and any of his offerings in protest — way back when he started colorizing — so I didn’t even investigate his definition of “Classic.”

      That’s not the most open of approaches, I’ll admit, but I’ve developed a habit of avoiding the things I cannot change *and* cannot accept. 🙂 The occasional Grump is the result when I run smack-dab into things I cannot avoid – lol.

      I’m thrilled to know that the originals haven’t been destroyed (and are no longer stuck in his vault where no one can see them again). I can calm down now. ::grin::

      Thank you so much for letting everyone know, Danny — especially ME!
      xx,
      mgh

      PS. Tink says hi – woof!

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      • Andrew, my human, is so insufferable. He’s a big movie buff. His expertise is movies made between 1929 and 1949. When the first frame of a film comes up and announces the studio, be it Warner Bros., Paramount, MGM, or Fox, he will tell me who the wardrobe person was, who did the makeup, and who the set designer was. All this before the credits have even started. Like I care. I’m a dog. I only care about treats and my walks.
        He hated the colorization of movies also. Talking about cinematographers, James Wong Howe who won two Oscars for his work (nominated ten times) once said to an up and coming “cameraman” who sought out his advice, “Source lighting is for sissies.” Meaning if someone in a scene lights a candle in a dark room, don’t worry about how much light the candle is “supposed” emit. Just light the scene.
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Wong_Howe

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        • Mom relates (tho’ she’s not as bad as your Dad with the credits and all).

          She complains all the time about how dark low-light scenes are in films. (Something about the need to light for human-eye adaptive perception vs. technical specs – as if I’d know what she meant by any of that!!!)

          I’m sure she’ll do that hyperfocus thing on your Dad’s link too — thanks a bunch – NOT. I’ve been waiting to get outside for too long already!
          xx, TINK

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  3. dgkaye says:

    Excellent post Madelyn! I love the old black and whites too, and your post was bang on, everything is about greed and the almighty dollar. I love your theory, ‘if we don’t buy it, it won’t sell’. I use that same theory on grocery shopping.

    Where I live in Toronto, Canada, it’s so damn expensive to live here in every aspect of the word, and groceries are no exception. Every week I go grocery shopping and I see some ridiculous prices – for example, 1 month ago I could buy a 10 pound bag of beets for $2,00. Last week 4 beets, the size of walnuts, not oranges cost $3.49!

    These shenanigans continue weekly with all fruits and vegetables. I push my cart cursing along how badly we’re being ripped off as my husband stays many paces behind me because he doesn’t want people to think he’s with me as I spew my distaste. And I don’t buy the over-priced items.

    I say, “let them rot and end up in the garbage, as they already seemed to appear on their way to rot land, and I hope others will do the same until the stores stop raping us and lose money on the produce. Then I scoot on over to the frozen section and get me some vegetables. 🙂
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    • LOVE your comment! We could shop together – I do the same thing. BOYCOTT (and “Sing out Louise,” as they say in the theatre) 🙂

      In America, women are planning to strike (not just march) in protest of the incoming Billionaire team that will characterize the upcoming Trump administration.

      From one of the many blogs promoting the upcoming strike:

      “And so, on the weekend of Donald Trump’s inauguration American women are going on strike. On Jan. 20 and 21, women will abstain from not just work, but domestic labor, in order to demonstrate the political power of women to shut down not just the workplace, but the home as well.”

      As I commented, shades of Lysistrata. 🙂

      I’m supporting the strike. btw – although I live unpartnered, so only my puppy will notice my actions at home – lol (and I’m not stopping activities toward his care, btw). And tho’ I work for myself, so won’t really stop “working,” I have pledged not spend even one penny in grocery stores, etc. – or online – on those 2 days.

      If every single woman in America would do even that, we would be a voice that, collectively, could no longer be ignored. Similar strikes have already been effective in countries around the world.
      xx,
      mgh

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      • dgkaye says:

        What a fantastic idea!!! I was just reading on a friend’s blog about a march on inauguration day to stop the inauguration, I hadn’t heard of the women’s march. I love it!!!! God bless America! I’m with you in spirit. ❤

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        • They won’t be able to stop the inauguration – except maybe to disrupt it for that particular day (and I doubt even that – I’m sure the National Guard has had plenty of time to mobilize).

          I believe the goal is to protest it and to show force – to put T. and minions on notice that it will not be easy to enact their Corporate Capitalist agendas, or to destroy women’s hard won rights.

          I’m guessing that the Betsy DeVoss confirmation hearings will be the next target of a big protest movement of some sort (T.’s billionaire pick for Sec. of Education). She has NO public education awareness or experience AT ALL (didn’t attend, her kids did not – lobbies for private school tax rebates & laws) — has already “promised the public” to “roll back” a federal mandate re: Common Core and return control to the states – that have *always* had that control, this one’s not on Obama, etc.

          As with most of his appointee contributor buddies, she is truly, NOT an acceptable choice *at all* – but I think maybe even those who voted for the man might be able to agree on that one.

          It’s gonna’ be a bumpy ride.
          xx,
          mgh

          Thanks for this supportive idea – and for calling forth God’s blessings. We are going to need them often in the next for years, I’m sure!
          xx,
          mgh

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          • dgkaye says:

            You captured it all when you said, ‘As with most of his appointee contributor buddies, she is truly, NOT an acceptable choice *at all* ‘ Most of them are not suitable, heck, HE’S NOT SUITABLE! It’s a cryin’, frightful shame! 😦 ❤

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            • No, he’s not – but I had hoped that maybe somebody from that party would sit on his impulses and insist on advisors actually qualified to advise.

              Scary times here in the used-to-be good ole’ USA.
              xx, mgh

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            • dgkaye says:

              I know my friend. I’ll be coming to the US in a few weeks, after Jan 20th passes, the new world. I told my husband we’ll be entering the realm of ‘Donnyland’. 😦

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            • Enjoy your trip. I’m sure McDonald approves the spending of tourist dollars in money-obsessed America. 🙂

              Seriously, have a great time. I’ll look forward to reading all about it on your blog.
              xx,
              mgh

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            • dgkaye says:

              Thanks, 3 1/2 weeks and counting! 🙂 xo

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            • Have a wonderful time (and start packing NOW) 🙂
              xx, mgh

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            • dgkaye says:

              Omg, do you know me? The pulling out and sorting will begin next week LOL, you’re good! 🙂 ❤

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            • I never dig thru the trash, but couldn’t sleep tonight so thought I’d take a look (but got cross-eyed after “permanently deleting” screenloads so had to quit). But some of YOURS were ending up in my spam folder, however (you and only 1 comment from one other person didn’t deserve to be there, btw).

              These were before you did your “site fix” I believe, but I wanted you to know that something somewhere was/is set wrong at your end. I would NEVER block you – or fail to answer within at least a day or two – so if you don’t hear from me after a comment, that will be why.
              xx,
              mgh

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            • dgkaye says:

              Thanks for doing the dumpster diving Madelyn, LOL. Listen, so many of us find regular visitors in that spam bin at times, sometimes more frequent than others. That is an Askimet glitch, and sometimes WordPress. I’ve found some of my avid readers in spam at some time or other, in fact 2 of them yesterday. Because I’m only too familiar with that spam monster, I’ve developed a habit of checking it daily. Before I got the hang of that practice, months could go by and I”d take notice and have to go through 100 spam comments. So much easier to look at the spam indicator while I’m in comments and delete or rescue a pal, lol. And I know you are always prompt with replies, as I am, so no worries on that front. 🙂 ❤

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            • Since my blog attracts so MUCH link-spam (1,102,407 in total, by today’s spam counter!!), the idea of digging thru every day sounds as appealing as spending hours slogging through the e-glut to delete the marketing spam.

              I literally shiver when folks ask for my email address anymore. I may open yet another new account with the email address pleasedoNOTmarketme — or maybe, doit2Julia! I know they’ll just find me again somehow anyway, but a girl can hope.

              But at least the eglut is in English. Screen after screen of link after link of Chinese characters makes me wonder if China’s national export is link spam.

              Thanks for understanding my lack of response.
              xx,
              mgh

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            • dgkaye says:

              Holy crap! That’s way too much spam! I get chinese and sports companies and selling Louis Vuitton. At least I’m stylish in attracting my spammers. LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

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            • I KNOW!! I think that maybe they’ve had success getting through on a few ADDer’s blogs, and have spread the word to search and spam the term.

              I especially love the ones who comment on my humorous ABOUT to tell me how informative it was and much good I am doing in the world –copied verbatim for more than a dozen other spammer wannabes (apparently hoping that if I approved them once, they’d slide through ever after — I think that’s a hint from the Spam for Dummies manual).
              xx,
              mgh

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            • dgkaye says:

              Omg, sadly, that is hilarious. ❤

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            • If I lost my sense of humor I’d lose what’s left of my mind.
              xx,
              mgh

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  4. Reblogged this on Kate McClelland and commented:
    I love black and white movies, I don’t like them when they are re-coloured as I keep thinking ‘was that dress really green?’ Why can’t they be watched in black & white? Can you imagine ‘Nosferatu’ re-coloured? It was really scary because it was black and white!

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    • Thanks again Kate – I know most of your readers will get it immediately WHY it’s a travesty to muck with somebody else’s art form.
      xx,
      mgh

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  5. mistermuse says:

    Great post. I’ve seen about half of the 25 listed b&w films, two of which are among my personal all-time favorites: BRIEF ENCOUNTER and THE THIRD MAN. I would add these b&w classics to the list: CASABLANCA (1942), DODSWORTH (1936), MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW (1937) and THE STRANGER’S RETURN (1933).

    Also, because I don’t think musicals should be excluded from consideration simply because they’re not ‘serious,’ my list would include LOVE ME TONIGHT (1932) and SWING TIME (1936).

    I’m sure there are other b&w films I might list (such as Charlie Chaplin’s CITY LIGHTS (1931) and MODERN TIMES (1936), but these are the ones that come readily to mind. 🙂

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    • I figured you’d be on this same page with me, Muse. Most of the people in the comments have been as well; happy to see, but not really surprised. Other artists tend to be appalled by alterations to any art form, and I get a lot of writers.

      I’m not as familiar as I’d like to be with a great many films from the 30’s, so I’ll have to check out some of your suggestions — missed DODSWORTH (1936), MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW (1937) and THE STRANGER’S RETURN (1933). Thanks.

      I’m with you on the musicals, however. I’d put Busby Berkeley on a list of fun favs anytime! I’m sure the author of the post had to figure out some way to narrow down his choices to a mere 25, so excluding musicals probably came more from that desire than really to be “serious.”

      Thanks so much for reading, and your terrific response.
      xx,
      mgh

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  6. There’s no stopped the corporate entertainment machine. You know from my blog that I am an avid film enthusiast. Publishers, producers, for all entertainment bow to the almighty dollar and worship at their golden altar.
    However, indie-authors thumb their noses at the whole process. We are “out there” climbing and striving to get out a message that wasn’t generated by a marketing computer.

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    • My heart hurts for Indie struggles. You may not be aware that I was an actor/director in my first career, so I have had an inside look at the entertainment industry, including 20 years in NYC. And it was nowhere near as commercially motivated or derivative at that time.

      Back then, NY publishing houses still marketed new authors – and now they barely market their “names.”

      I wonder many days if the world I knew is going to hell in a handbag (and don’t even get me started on politics!)

      Thanks for taking the time to read and ring in, Ernesto
      xx,
      mgh

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      • Always a pleasure to chat with you Madelyn.

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        • Ditto, my friend. I’ll head over to your patch of the net for a chat next time.

          btw- have I missed any recipes during the busy Christmas season? If SO, leave me a link, and I’ll copy it as Related Content to one of my Christmas posts to make sure I can find it when I want it.

          I just met a Kosher blogger and, altho’ I’m a card carrying WASP, I have picked up a few ideas for good eating from her site already, but nothing from yours in a while now.
          xx,
          mgh

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          • I miss NYC and kosher deli’s 😦

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            • And just about everything else! Actual pizza – and by the slice – and my favorite Italian restaurant in the Village (Tiramisu to die for!)

              Shoot – I even miss the Soup Nazi! That was some mighty good soup.
              xx,
              mgh

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  7. Eugenia says:

    Great information. I love this site more everyday!

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    • What a lovely thing to read as I start my “day.” Thank you. I’m enjoying your site too.
      xx,
      mgh

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  8. I couldn’t agree more with everything you say. Today I feel good and far from grumpy, even though I had a wisdom tooth removed this morning!

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    • Wisdom tooth extraction – yikes! I am so glad you are feeling great afterwards. Pain pills? lol

      Yes – as an artist yourself, I’m sure you resonated with a great deal of my rant. I’ve never understood vandalism (or the ignorance of the supposedly educated) – and that’s really what it is.

      Thanks for the visit – and for ringing in
      xx,
      mgh

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      • I was advised to take something before the numbness wore off and did so but now the numbness has gone and there’s but the faintest ache that’s not worth taking anything for! Positive thinking, methinks. Incidentally, the only colourisation I can stomach is with history because it’s an excellent way of empathising and understanding. Black and white can be very distancing in those instances.

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        • Good point – one I share – but the originals aren’t usually destroyed (or removed from the public eye) in the process.

          Even tho’ I don’t really like the way they make me feel otherwise, I ALWAYS take pain meds after dental work – so they kick in as the anesthesia wears off. Chasing pain is always less successful than keeping it at bay (brain-based, btw) — and I’m a real woos about pain.

          Like you, however, with very few exceptions, I’m usually done after one – with maybe a hit of aspirin as a follow up (and sometimes not even that).

          Glad to hear you are still feeling great! They DID tell you no straws, right. Sucking anything after an extraction puts you at risk for developing what they call a “dry socket” – which is REALLY painful.
          xx,
          mgh

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          • Oh, yes, she told me all about dry socket!

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            • Good! Sorry to sound like a worried mom.
              xx,
              mgh

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  9. painkills2 says:

    Mexican food was created specifically to deal with Mondays. 🙂

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    • Didn’t know that! See what you learn when you blog?
      xx,
      mgh

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  10. colinandray says:

    Whatever happened to “Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder”? I too love the old B & W movies, and dislike the artificially coloured versions, but a large part of that is simply nostalgia. If colouring up an old B & W movie makes it more appealing to later generations, then perhaps it will extend the active life of the movie… which is a good thing! 🙂

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    • As long as they don’t destroy the original prints in the process. People play with Photoshop all the time and I’m fine with that.

      It’s still egotistical and beyond disrespectful to go about “improving” someone else’s artistic expression – and to do so hoping to make a financial killing pandering to current public taste makes me furious.

      Later generations tend to prefer fast food too, but that doesn’t mean it’s actually good for them. Boxed versions of classic dishes miss the point – and palates can be educated to appreciate nuance.

      Good films are about more than plot and dialogue, just as Whistler’s Mother is more than a woman in a chair!

      Thanks for reading & ringing in – I guess I had a bit more grump in my veins. I’m just up. Off to get another cup of coffee!
      xx,
      mgh

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      • colinandray says:

        My point is simply that change is no more than…. change. Whether we like it or not is a personal opinion, and to make specific negative statements is projecting ones perspective on others…. the more vulnerable of which may well adopt them. In a world which appears to celebrate negativity (watch any evening News program), sending out positive vibes would surely be more rewarding? Repeating my earlier comment – If artificially colouring an old B & W movie brings it to a wider audience, then surely that is good? My preference, and I suspect yours, is driven by nostalgia….. but the future potential audience for the old movies do not acknowledge nostalgia yet. They are too young! 🙂

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        • I believe I understand your point , Colin – and agree with it on several levels, although through a different lens. What I object to is not change – or progress – but obliteration (the black and white films still available are primarily copies of copies of copies, primarily from private film collectors, not remastered originals – which I hope are still in vaults of the folks who could afford to buy them up and have them colorized).

          This is hyperbole, but a cartoon version or art student’s rendering of the Mona Lisa are not really effective means of “bringing it to a wider audience.” In order for people to appreciate and understand older art forms (early films as well as paintings from the past), they need to experience them as they were originally created – or as close a facsimile as possible through technology (why art books are so expensive, btw). Even poster reprints don’t replace access to the original art – and they certainly don’t attempt to present themselves as BETTER.

          Rewriting history and co-opting the artistic expression of another will always make me crazy and I will always ring out in objection. I am unable and unwilling to agree to a “positive” frame around it – any more than I could to plagiarism.

          To my mind, if nobody objects to some of the actions taken in our world today, soon the ability to do so will have been obliterated as well. We express our preferences through out opinions, always – but I don’t believe it’s right to enforce our own sensibilities on the art form of another. Even remakes and covers don’t claim to BE the originals – new and “improved” – no matter how many folks like them better or how many new introductions they make.

          Wouldn’t it be a shame if we could no longer hear Sinatra’s version of a song – even after many other artists have released their own? And wouldn’t you think it would be a travesty to digitally alter his voice in new releases so that the nuance in his singing was missing simply to appeal to another, newer audience with different taste?

          Acting and directing was the focus of my educational background and my means of artistic expression for the first chapter of my life – and I worked in that industry for several decades, so perhaps that has made me more sensitive to this particular issue. If I rewrote passages of someone else’s novel and sold it as “improved,” I think you’d feel similarly and better understand my point. (It’s similar to what people object to when they say that films weren’t faithful to the books they were supposedly bringing to the screen.)

          HOWEVER, in case you are concerned primarily by the name of this particular “grumpy” series, many of the posts are humorous in nature – and it doesn’t post often. I’m not one for suppression of negative thoughts, in any case, nor do I dwell there. Like bad food, once they are out of my system, my authentic positive nature returns quickly.

          Different strokes?

          xx,
          mgh

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  11. Zainab Zahid says:

    You are so right !! Everything is business now. From our birth to death, everything involves business. The happiness and originality of things has been lost now. And the sad part is that majority of people love it! It’s like they say, “in with the new, out with the old” whereas I believe “old is gold”
    Just imagine if someone colored the “Charlie Chaplin” movies.

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    • You mean they haven’t already?! 🙂

      A certain focus on taking care of business is necessary, of course, and Freud says it is one of our major drives to have meaningful work – but I don’t think he intended Midas as a mentor when he made that observation.

      I can appreciate “new” as much as the next guy, but abandoning what came before is just plain stupid. “New and *improved*” is best left to Proctor & Gamble and other household product manufacturers!

      The very idea of “improving” on another’s artistic creation strikes me as a sign of malignant narcissism – as bizarre as knocking them out, cutting their hair and giving them a make-over while they are unconscious because YOU don’t like the way they look!

      Thanks for reading, and taking the time to ring in.
      xx,
      mgh

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      • Zainab Zahid says:

        Your blogs are a joy to read!!

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        • Thank you for saying so – and for reading, of course – and for having an interest in the same issues I do!! You’re a doll. (I enjoy yours too, btw)
          xx,
          mgh

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  12. The Hook says:

    My wife and i are all about celebrating all things retro, so this post was a gift.
    Thank you for starting my Monday off right!

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    • Thanks Hook (?) In my experience, bloggers tend to be fairly well educated folks – whether they have much *formal* schooling or not – so I figured I’d probably be ranting to the choir. Still, it’s SO nice to receive confirmation of that suspicion – and I sincerely thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

      The ignorant seem to be over-represented in the media, but there are still a lot of us who care about a lot of things besides money and self!

      Home schoolers and other great parents who supplement whatever the public schools do these days with a variety of additional inputs will probably be our country’s salvation!

      How is public education on your side of Niagara Falls?
      xx,
      mgh

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      • The Hook says:

        Our daughter graduated as an Honors student but spent more time watching movies in class than being instructed to, if that tells you anything…

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        • Was she a theatre major? Those USED to be the only classes where you watched films. 😦 I’m sure the support she received at home made it possible for her to learn in that format – graduating with honors, even. Good job!
          xx,
          mgh

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          • The Hook says:

            No, most of her classes were set up the same way, sadly.
            By the way, thanks, MGH!

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            • You’re welcome, and thank YOU – for raising another informed citizen. When we’re all in our dotage, we’re going to be grateful to have as many of those running things as possible!!

              Hard to believe education is now canned. Recently at least, I’d hope, but that won’t last long. I had to watch a really old film about relationships, once, in the class of a really old prof. who was blind to how NOT relevant it was to today’s modern world (never kiss on first date, for example – REALLY!)

              xx, mgh

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  13. Debbie says:

    sadly,Madeline, I actually think that is some of those big money-bag capitalists read your tongue in cheek ideas, they might think its a good thing and actually go ahead. we live in an increasingly crazy world. good to see you back.

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    • Sad to think you might be right – fortunately they can’t buy Shakespeare and obliterate his words. I would LOVE to see them try and fail miserably, however.

      Do you follow the WrongHands blog? He’s a cartoonist who’s done some fabulously clever summaries of the classics – supposedly dumbed down for the uneducated, but you have to have read the books or seen the films to get what’s so funny about them.

      Thanks for the warm welcome back – its nice to see you noticed I had slowed way down. Sorry to have been absent over at your neck of the woods for a while.

      I will be posting, visiting and commenting as I can, but things may remain dicey here for a while yet, demanding my focus on taking care of business.

      No night lasts forever, however. So far. 🙂 Joy commeth in the morning, as they say.
      xx,
      mgh

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      • Debbie says:

        thanks for the heads up, will have to check out that blog Madelyn. no need for apologies, my neck of the woods has been very slow too. all i do is think about the fact that i should do a blog sometime soon! joy cometh in the morning. I’ll buy that line. need it right now! 🙂

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        • When I was a youngish teen, several friends and I read a book that referenced that line [Joy in the Morning], and it stuck with me all these years. (I can’t recommend the book, however, since I recall little else about it – sort of a Love Story kinda’ thing that teen aged girls read and adore, if memory serves.)

          I am so sorry to hear that you need the line right now. I Googled the source for you: the thirtieth Psalm, verse 5 [Ps. 30:5]. I hope things turn around for you soon.

          Once I get my arc built I’ll feel better I know! 🙂 (winter rain for 3 solid days now)
          xx,
          mgh

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  14. Lucy Brazier says:

    I love this article 🙂 As a fan of all things vintage myself, I agree that there are some things that should be left alone. I am not a big fan of remakes especially, so generally I don’t watch them. No problem there. But messing with the originals to try and make them more ‘modern’ and therefore ‘better’ is somewhat akin to sacrilege! You are right, it comes down to making money and with the continued dumbing down of Western culture, it just gets easier for the fat cats. No one seems willing or able to take a chance on an original idea these days – it is so much easier to plunder talent from a time when people actually had some.

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    • We are clearly on the same soapbox!

      So many of my amazingly talented playwright friends (who have written brilliant scripts the public would love) are barely scraping by because producers are afraid to take a chance on new works. Sometimes the comments they receive make it CLEAR that nobody even read more than a page or two before they rejected it.

      But destroying someone else’s creation just because you have the bucks to buy it is vandalism of the highest order.

      Thanks always, Lucy for reading and supporting what I do here on ADDandSoMuchMore. I’ll never be able to adequately express what it means to me.
      xx,
      mgh

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      • Lucy Brazier says:

        You have an absolutely super site and I am always delighted to contribute. The creative industry is absolutely brutal these days – I know certainly the British music industry is all about knowing the right people and being prepared to have the ‘right’ sound engineered for you. Although there are of course exceptions to the rule, the whole thing has become a money-making meat factory where talent means absolutely nothing. Makes me very sad!
        xx

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        • How nice of you to say.

          NOW, about the “creative” industry: in order for talent to mean something, the decision-makers would first have to be able to *recognize* talent. THEN they would have to understand the link between talent and revenue potential.

          Too few biz-execs have much in their tool boxes beyond metrics-based business training – if they can’t put it on a balance sheet, they don’t understand it and they don’t want to hear about it!

          Makes ME grumpy – VERY grumpy.
          xx,
          mgh

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          • Lucy Brazier says:

            They understand money and ratings, that’s for sure. Such a great shame – we have a handful of business-types telling us what we want and when we want it. Grrr!
            xx

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            • “Just business” TRANSLATION: as long as WE are getting money and promotions, why should we consider anything or anyone else?
              xx,
              mgh

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            • Lucy Brazier says:

              When I rule the world, things will be very different 😉
              xx

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            • No doubt. Gin for one and gin for all! But FIRST you’ve got to get Britain under control and figure out Who Shot Tony Blair?!
              xx,
              mgh

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            • Lucy Brazier says:

              I was working on Who Shot Tony Blair? yesterday and thought to myself – writing shouldn’t be THIS much fun 😉
              xx

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            • Oh yes it SHOULD (and it usually is). REwriting, editing, publishing, marketing – I’m not so sure anybody really has a ball with those.
              xx,
              mgh

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            • Lucy Brazier says:

              For the second book, it is a lot less painful so far… but then it is early days!
              xx

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            • Maybe by the third you’ll have calluses and it won’t be painful at all.
              xx,
              mgh

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            • Lucy Brazier says:

              Here’s hoping!
              xx

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            • Or maybe Book 2 will be such a hit that you’ll be eating grapes peeled by a fabulous assistant as you dictate all your changes. 🙂
              xx,
              mgh

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            • Lucy Brazier says:

              Now, that sounds rather nice. I may need your help to help me find the most perfect and fabulous assistant. That would be fun 😉
              xx

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            • I can promise you one person it will NEVER be – me. Admin is not in my skill set in the slightest. I can barely hobble along keeping up with my own. 🙂
              xx, mgh

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            • Lucy Brazier says:

              Ah but if I need a dashing assistant (I am thinking with nice arms and shoulders) you can help me sort through the applicants and test their grape peeling abilities. Not to mention their proficiency in cocktail making 😉
              Xx

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            • BOYS – just like Mae West – we need to find us some BOYS!

              And, as I hope you know, I’m in total support, so of course I’ll step forward to do whatever I can to put their all their skills to the test. 🙂
              xx,
              mgh

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            • Lucy Brazier says:

              You are such a trooper and a true friend. It’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it 😉
              Xx

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            • I’m your man – er, woman.
              xx,
              mgh

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            • Lucy Brazier says:

              😉 xx

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