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post #51 of 88
I just don't get this thread. We're debating where to put intermissions into movies without them?

More importantly, where would the commercial breaks take place?
post #52 of 88
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More importantly, where would the commercial breaks take place?

that's an idea for a separate thread!

 

that's where carno's idea would make more sense!

 

 

 

and yes, we're debating about silly things!  but it's something that is actually done for live orchestral performances of movie scores!  so it's just a fluffy game thinking about where else would an intermission work in other movies... and it goes along with talk about where a film naturally has an act break that would work best with a break!

 

you can play too!  I think you'd be way better at it than carno!

 

what with all your film college!

post #53 of 88
Groundhog's Day

I wonder where/if the musical had an intermission, but with the film I think in between his suicide montage and the scene with him and Rita in the diner works nicely.

Huh . . . did Spamalot share with The Holy Grail that absurdly short intermission?
post #54 of 88
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Groundhog's Day

I wonder where/if the musical had an intermission, but with the film I think in between his suicide montage and the scene with him and Rita in the diner works nicely.
 

hahahaha, that would actually be a really funny way to go to intermission!

 

and returning right into Rita going "Excuse me???" and having Phil explain to her what's been going on is a really nice way to get the audience back into it

 

PERFECT!

 

HEARTILY APPROVE!

post #55 of 88
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It's a movie that's intentionally bifurcated, but as an easily distracted old guy, I welcome it. 

 

Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, to me, is its Western equivalent. What would be a good intermission there? Maybe after the death of Hite?

 

It might be a touch late, but I'd put it after Jesse shoots the frozen lake and walks off over it.

post #56 of 88
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Bradito View Post

I just don't get this thread. We're debating where to put intermissions into movies without them?

More importantly, where would the commercial breaks take place?


My argument is form reflects content. Intermissions were originally a pragmatic thing (reels, stretching legs, food), but filmmakers learned to incorporate them in artistically.

 

Some did this to show a character's lowest point (Gone with the Wind) or utilize a cliffhanger (2001). In longer movies like the former this was especially helpful in signifying that a long time had passed, allowing for sudden character growth, a new status quo essentially.

 

So the purpose of the thread was to put forth movies, like The Dark Knight Rises and Captain America: The First Avenger, that still seem to be written with intermissions in mind, and ask the question, would having a little break create some psychological distance so the viewer could feel time pass, so moments like Bruce arriving in Gotham would feel more earned?

 

And furthermore with form reflecting content, our discussion evolved into talking about how in the era of binge watching and streaming, movies are designed for moments that can be shown in trailers. Or even, such as in the case of The Dark Knight or Avatar, in an episodic manner so extended clips can be shown in theaters or on YouTube that often function as a short story with their own internal logic but don't necessarily have the same internal logic within the rest of the movie (Joker pulls away from the bank in a bus, how does no one notice?).

 

But mostly we're just arbitrarily shoving intermissions into movies that don't need them.

post #57 of 88
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(Joker pulls away from the bank in a bus, how does no one notice?).

 

 

the joker OWNS the goffum school transportation system!!!!!

 

(intermission)

post #58 of 88

Having just watched ROGUE ONE, I'll say with confidence the intermission should come as soon as the action on Eedu is done, after Jyn confronts Cassian.

 

FURY ROAD: the natural place would be right after Furiosa's mourning wail in the sand.

 

And re: TDKR: I agree that it's not really the halfway mark but Bruce's escape from the Pit makes for a pretty organic break.


Edited by MichaelM - 10/24/17 at 8:52am
post #59 of 88
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Having just watched ROGUE ONE

 

 

post #60 of 88

Oh. You're one of those.

post #61 of 88
Thread Starter 
Stop questizoning the nature of the thread! Intermissions used to be common, this is a movie discussion board, let’s talk about an aspect of movies!

If you don’t like it, go talk about Crystal Skull or Harvey Weinstein.

MichaelMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!
post #62 of 88

Who's questioning the thread? I'm playing along!

post #63 of 88
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Oh. You're one of those.

 

post #64 of 88

Carno's just lost in a spiral of Breaking Bad GIFs now.

post #65 of 88
Thread Starter 
He is the one who knocks.
post #66 of 88

Re: TDK: it's hard for me to really imagine an intermission but I'd place it right after Gordon unmasks and they "capture" the Joker. Not only is the boulevard showdown a great high on which to break, the rest of the story really snowballs and builds and the film would suffer, IMNSHO, from interruping it.

post #67 of 88
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Carno's just lost in a spiral of Breaking Bad GIFs now.

post #68 of 88
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Re: TDK: it's hard for me to really imagine an intermission but I'd place it right after Gordon unmasks and they "capture" the Joker. Not only is the boulevard showdown a great high on which to break, the rest of the story really snowballs and builds and the film would suffer, IMNSHO, from interruping it.

 

Agreed.  Coming back on the mayor arriving at MCU to get the lowdown would make for a nice "ease back into things" scene.

 

Alternatively, I think cutting out on Batman standing mournfully on the wreckage would be a good image, and coming back with Harvey in the hospital would be a good way into the "Two Face" portion of the movie. But I think there is the scene of Alfred not bringing the note to Bruce in the penthouse lying in no man's land between them?

post #69 of 88
Donner's Superman

Before or after the night flight with Lois?
post #70 of 88
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Donner's Superman

Before or after the night flight with Lois?
Is "in place of" an option?

At least partially anyway..
post #71 of 88

ALIENS: Right after the dropship crashes and we get Newt's "They mostly come at night. Mostly."

post #72 of 88
Has T2 been done yet?

Right after they help Sarah escape and lose the T-1000 and she turns to Arnold and says "so, what's your story?"
post #73 of 88
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Has T2 been done yet?

Right after they help Sarah escape and lose the T-1000 and she turns to Arnold and says "so, what's your story?"

 

Gooooood one!

 

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ALIENS: Right after the dropship crashes and we get Newt's "They mostly come at night. Mostly."

 

 

Yes, let's end it on a terrible line. 

post #74 of 88
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ALIENS: Right after the dropship crashes and we get Newt's "They mostly come at night. Mostly."

 

 

Yes, let's end it on a line that builds tension and dread for the next act. 


My thoughts exactly!

post #75 of 88

It's that "mostly". It's so grating!

post #76 of 88
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Originally Posted by Fraid uh noman View Post

Has T2 been done yet?

Right after they help Sarah escape and lose the T-1000 and she turns to Arnold and says "so, what's your story?"

 

Too early?  I'd put it at the end of Sarah's attack on Dyson, with the T800 displaying his metal arm.  Return with Dyson saying "I think I'm gonna be sick", and the planning of the attack on Cyberdyne.

post #77 of 88
Good suggestion, Schwartz, as that’s when the story really shifts to everyone being proactive. “Now listen to me very carefully”

Boom.
post #78 of 88

YES YES THAT'S THE SPIRIT

post #79 of 88
How would an intermission work after Conner's terminator-as-father-figure epiphany?
post #80 of 88
I don't think that's a good place since her nuclear nightmare is coming up right after that, and I think that's important to have before any break.

I think Schwartz's suggestion is perfect.
post #81 of 88

The original Terminator is on HBO right now, and I'm thinking how funny it would be to program an intermission immediately after "I'll be back."

post #82 of 88
SCHWARTZ ON FIRE!!!
post #83 of 88

THE MUMMY (1999): I'd put it right after they leave Hamunaptra and the Mummy's arm shoots up from the sand.

 

Wondering where an intermission would fit into THE MIST?

 

And speaking of Darabont, SHAWSHANK seems ripe for intermission placement. 

post #84 of 88
Just after Andy's go with the record player?
post #85 of 88

Maybe? I don't have a good sense on where that hits with the running time of the film.

post #86 of 88
Well I wonder if there is a direct correspondence with intermissions in movies and the decline of the physical splendor of the theater? When theaters were beautiful works of architecture which was long ago, but now mostly just some rooms for you to watch a movie and maybe a tiny common area to grab some shitty food.

I think India still inserts intermissions into American films. Titanic had one but don't know what they do these days.
post #87 of 88

I think this whole discussion hinges on the question of whether those older films were constructed with the intermission in mind or did they simply find a good spot roughly haflway through and put it there.  Was the Gone with the Wind script written with "INTERMISSION HERE," or did they look at a cut and go, "Yeah, that's the moment"?  Because if it's the former, trying to take a modern film and find the intermission point is kind of folly.

post #88 of 88
BOOOO RICHARD BOOOOO

it's never just one reason!!!

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intermission

Because it's not as if the intermission was created for films to begin with!

(yes I'll be that awful person that links to Wikipedia!)
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