What if Movies are Part of the Problem?
An interview with director Peter Bogdanovich; here are some snippets:
People go to a movie to have a good time, and they get killed. It's a horrible, horrible event. It makes me sick that I made a movie about it.
Violence on the screen has increased tenfold. It's almost pornographic. In fact, it is pornographic. Video games are violent, too. It's all out of control. I can see where it would drive somebody crazy.
The fact that these tentpole movies are all violent comic book movies doesn't speak well for our society.
Today, there's a general numbing of the audience. There's too much murder and killing. You make people insensitive by showing it all the time. The body count in pictures is huge. It numbs the audience into thinking it's not so terrible. Back in the '70s, I asked Orson Welles what he thought was happening to pictures, and he said, "We're brutalizing the audience. We're going to end up like the Roman circus, live at the Coliseum." The respect for human life seems to be eroding.
I am glad to see that someone thinks this too. Gosh, a second article no less
Warner Brothers and its decade of violent films, New York Times