Wednesday 2 November 2011

Modern Times- Is my generation being deprived?


          I read this news a while back, but from this year onwards, the major movie camera companies are ceasing production and will make digital movie cameras from now on. I am not knowledgeable enough to pinpoint the difference it will make, but I know it will. I love the idea of film reels, especially having seen Cinema Paradiso recently. There's something so unique and true cinema about them. I suppose the change is good, and everything will be in HD, but I don't know.

         It's not just this, but for about half a year now I have been trying to find a vinyl record player in my city, and there seem to be none left. We can get the really old gramophone ones, with the wind-y things, but not the nice electronic ones as no one makes them anymore. Also I desperately want a super 8 camera, but those are obsolete too.

          I know I can order them online, but it's just weird to think I can't find them in a place as metropolitan as Calcutta. I just feel it is sad many of these really cool things are not so common anymore. Then again, is it my golden age thinking getting in the way? Should I take a trip to Paris soon and get rid of all my obsession with the past, or would I miss these things even if I was around when they were in vogue? And do others my age feel similarly? 

        Also, to come around a full circle, is this the end of cinema as we know it, and what are the pros and cons?

So many questions.


  1. I don't know what that HD is all about, but I watched Never Let Me Go in HD or digital or whatever, and the quality was great. But yes, there's something about film reels, you just associate them with the film industry.
    I wanted to buy a vinyl player, but then I thought I'd never use it... I even don't use my CD player very often.
    But I still don't get BluRay... what's so great about it? Except it's more expensive...

  2. Yeah HD eludes me too.
    I totally would use my vinyl player a the point of driving me family mad, but who cares.
    BluRay is wayyy more expensive, but I feel for films like Inception, that's the way to go.
    I think I am contradicting myself...

  3. Interesting post. I am sure you could find a super 8 camera somewhere on ebay. But I am sure it'd be pricey,

  4. Thank you. Yes, they would be, but I am adamant on getting one.