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Quite simple: Midnight Cowboy is not a pornographic film. What we have here is a misunderstanding of the original intent of the X rating, which gave rise to the NC-17 rating. Several films from the late 1960s through the 1980s had the X rating applied, including A Clockwork Orange, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, Fritz the Cat (an animated feature), Last ...


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What you're talking about is a Film Leader. Originally, a frame was inserted once every 16 frames (16 frames per foot for 35mm film) with numbers marked 11 to 3. At some point in the mid 1960's that was changed to a continuous countdown with a new number every second (time interval as opposed to length interval) that ran backwards from 8 to 2. If you ...


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This is known as a film leader and as well as a countdown to the start of the movie itself, also often contains technical information for the projectionist including aspect-ratio, sound settings etc. The purpose of the leader is primarily to allow extra film for the projectionist to wind onto the projector. The countdown is just to show the projectionist ...


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TL;DR The name MacGuffin does not originate from a particular person's name. It's just a nonsense term that has been around before it was applied to the movie concept of a random item that drives the plot. Long answer Tvtropes attributes Alfred Hitchcock with making the term MacGuffin famous, and Hitchcock himself names one of his screenwriters, Angus ...


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These results for a September week are not surprising - it's considered a dump month. From Wiki: dump months is a term used in the film community for the two periods of the year when there are lowered commercial and critical expectations for new major-studio releases. Audiences during these periods are smaller than the rest of the year, so no tentpole ...


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Wikipedia lists Inspiration (1915) as the first film with non-pornographic nudity. For films that were intended to be erotic or pornographic, you have to go at least back to 1896 for Le Coucher de la MariƩe (or Bedtime for the Bride or The Bridegroom's Dilemma), where cabaret performer recreated her striptease act during a bath scene. The short film was ...


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I'm not sure that this is the first full nudity in a Hollywood movie, but Jane is completely naked in this scene from "Tarzan and His Mate" from 1934.


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The countdown and beep are also used for audio/video synchronization. The beep must correspond exactly with the number transitions. Some leaders also had a flash at each second mark to help with adjusting the beep. This process was later automated with equipment that can detect the flash and beep and align them. See 2-Pop For related information.


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There are potentially two answers to this: depending on how much you're willing to refine certain elements of the question: In a straight '1 Director' example, Hellraiser Bloodline is the highest grossing film that is directed singularly by someone invoking 'Alan Smithee'. The film was actually directed by special FX makeup artist Kevin Yagher, who has ...


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Midnight Cowboy was controversial for its time due to its nude scenes and its depiction of a male prostitute, but did not show penetration (which would have garnered it a Triple-X rating). As this quote points out, the rating was lowered to R when it was re-released the following year. As pointed out by MattD, this was not a pornographic movie, it just ...


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If you count the zoopraxiscope as 'silver screen' then this pushes the date back to at least 1883, with Eadweard Muybridge's studies for the University of Pennsylvania. These included Boys playing Leapfrog and Woman Walking Down Stairs. Of course (as you can tell from the names) these are hardly feature films, just several seconds of captured motion.


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I was reluctant to be the first at an attempt to answer this, as it's going to be quite subjective. It's hard to quantify how something can be received as wholly cynical, and it also assumes a certain amount of intention on the creators part. I think as a wider cultural malaise set in sometime around the early-to-mid 90s, it became perceived as 'cool', and ...


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There was an episode on the Third Watch TV show, that, as far as i can tell, was made entirely on a single shot. That is, about 43 minutes. In fact, I usually never watched the show, but I started wathcing that one episode, and the fact that the first minutes had a single shot caught my eye, I kept looking it, and the whole episode was one single shot! ...


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Many kinds of film stock have used color dyes which were notoriously unstable. Consequently, the colors shown on the films today may have little relation to the colors the films showed when they were first released. If the colors in a DVD appear unnatural, it may be either that the film's colors looked that way when it was released, during the years ...


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The episode Going Home from the Private Snafu series, completed by mid 1944, features a weapon which obliterated a Japanese island. The movie was not released. The actual rationale is not known for sure, but the similarity between the fictional weapon and nuclear weapons is listed as a possible reason that the movie wasn't released, and a postscript added ...


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I think many of these answers are excellent--including the chosen answer which is essentially stating "it may be more fuzzy memory" than statistical truth. I think the technology addition is good as well--both DVRs and DVD sales. On other possible reason that we have more serial shows now than before is that we simply have a lot more TV. Cable was the big ...



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