25 Pictures in Search of a Theme: Classic Film Images Photo Quiz, Sept. 2019 Edition, Vol. 133524.48s
Since the inception of Chandler Swain Reviews, we have engaged in the constant struggle between the search for Art and depth in the cinematic form (even in its most primitive permutations to which the critical elite have always ignored as unworthy of serious attention while ignoring the fact that it is impossible to understand the total cinematic form without examining the flawed with a fervor equal to that afforded the easily lauded) and the acknowledgement of cheap populist amusement to which the form has almost completely surrendered, at least on the domestic theatrical release battlefront in which the average 16 screen multiplex will be featuring two animated and three comic book releases on any given day, leaving just enough screen space for the weekly torture porn, sleazy teen comedy or instantly disposable remake, while the truly innovative and ambitious films still being made (especially in foreign markets) are consigned to extensive analysis in the few print film journals of worth but absent from any accessible theatrical venues. Which bring us (in a completely awkward and ill-conceived segue) to a memorial farewell in the continuing erosion of film as a public art form: the closing of Manhattan’s Paris Cinema, the last of the single screen venues in the city. And speaking of the cultural dumbing down of America, we now present this month’s edition of America’s most wisely ignored but persistently published game of cerebral flummery, the Classic Film Images Photo Quiz, brought to you this month, as always, by those fine smugglers of SKITTLES, America’s favorite breakfast candy. In this edition we continue the tradition of this rambling introduction by desperately searching for a coalescing theme. The following twenty five images have been swept up off the floor during our recent office renovation, which seemed a convenient way to put together this month’s edition without too much honest effort. (Our headquarters may be refurbished, but our work ethic hasn’t improved a whit.) Your task is to identify the twenty five films represented, and to let us know the results.(Otherwise, you’re just talking to yourself and that’s just sad.) The first to do so will receive the spanking new CSR Culture Shock Award, an honor second only to being musically mentioned as a monstrously unworthy suitor by that most dreaded of ex-girlfriends: Taylor Swift. Good luck.