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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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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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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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Old television shows were shot using motion picture film of that era, and were shot at either 24 or 25 frames per second. Television video today is played at 30 frames per second. The speed problems you see are artifacts of the conversion process. The shows you watched might have been converted to television during the 1950's when kinescopes were largely ...


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I found this quote today in a November 11, 1973 Chicago Tribune (pg 3e) interview Gene Siskel did with Francois Truffaut: "I find that violence is very ambiguous in movies. For example, some films claim to be antiwar, but I don't think I've really seen an antiwar film. Every film about war ends up being pro-war."


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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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