/ Modified jan 17, 2014 12:38 p.m.

The Silver Screen vs. The Handheld Screen

Film writer Chris Dashiell reflects on how the cinematic experience changed as movies transition from theaters to television to the palm of your hand

antique film projection

kids looking at phone lrg

If today's mix of competing DVD formats and diverse video apps seems complex, think for a moment about the earliest days of movie making.

The 40 or so years of film that preceded the advent of sound were driven by a myriad of ideas about the new medium's potential. Many different kinds of presentations were attempted in the never-ending effort to attract an audience.

In some way, it was not too different from the most recent cinematic trends like 3-D, Hi-Def, and 48 frames per second. But how does our reaction, understanding, and enjoyment of a film change from one presentation format to the next?

Here's film writer Chris Dashiell with some reflections...



Who is Chris Dashiell?

chris dashiell portrait Film reviewer Chris Dashiell

Chris Dashiell has been writing about movies for seventeen years, serving as the editor of the online film lovers' guide Cinescene for ten of them. He currently reviews films for Flicks, a weekly program on Tucson's community radio station KXCI, and he confesses to shamelessly idolizing Carl Dreyer, Jean Renoir, and Luchino Visconti.

By posting comments, you agree to our
AZPM encourages comments, but comments that contain profanity, unrelated information, threats, libel, defamatory statements, obscenities, pornography or that violate the law are not allowed. Comments that promote commercial products or services are not allowed. Comments in violation of this policy will be removed. Continued posting of comments that violate this policy will result in the commenter being banned from the site.

By submitting your comments, you hereby give AZPM the right to post your comments and potentially use them in any other form of media operated by this institution.
Arizona Public Media broadcast stations are licensed to the Arizona Board of Regents. Arizona Public Media and AZPM are registered trademarks of the Arizona Board of Regents.
The University of Arizona