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I find this from an article by a classicist shriekingly funny:

“When classicists view a film set in antiquity for the first time, their reaction to the film is never the same as that of the non-classically trained audience. The viewing process bypasses the usual modes of passive reception and sensual spectatorship that apply to the viewing of most contemporary Hollywood films and becomes by default an intellectual endeavor. Because of the critical and pedagogical nature of their discipline, classicists approach the cinema with essentially the same mindset they apply to evaluating a colleague’s article or even a student’s term paper. Classicists are on the lookout for a variety of irregularities, scanning a broad spectrum of signals that do not belong to the vision of the classical world they have honed during decades of study, research, and teaching.”

Translation: when classicists go to a film they bitch about it to each other afterwards. Often (according to the same article) about such stirring things as whether Achilles could have been blond. Because classicists are deep thinkers.

Date: 2007-03-17 11:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nolivingman.livejournal.com
Heh. He or she realizes that *all* professionals do that to some degree, right? I mean, when somebody in any TV show or movie starts talking about computers I start rolling my eyes and counting the mistakes, and I always assumed that everybody does that about their particular job.

Date: 2007-03-17 11:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
Are you saying other people are deep thinkers too?

Actually he does realise that...but I keep pondering his examples of issues on which classicists use their giant brains on. Surely everyone who has ever met a Greek person wondered about Achilles' blond locks and not just classicists?

Date: 2007-03-18 12:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sucrelefey.livejournal.com
But Achilles wasn't fully human anyways so what's wrong with blond. Though in one version I saw they made the actor smooth bald like a punk badass.

Date: 2007-03-17 11:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vaznetti.livejournal.com
Damn formatting!

Translation: when classicists go to a film they bitch about it to each other afterwards.

This is completely untrue. Some of us heckle, bitch and giggle during the film as well.

Date: 2007-03-17 11:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
When I saw Troy either the entire audience was made up of classicists or quite a lot of people liked to shout at the screen in that movie. Agamemnon's teapot helmet got a lot of reaction...

Date: 2007-03-18 12:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vaznetti.livejournal.com
My husband mock-shouted "Oh my God, they killed Menelaus! Those bastards!" at the appropriate moment, and he isn't even a Classicist.

Date: 2007-03-17 11:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sucrelefey.livejournal.com
It's so hard to shut off your brain in things one is expert in. Dabblers have more fun.

Date: 2007-03-17 11:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
Oh, I shut off my brain quite a lot of the time. It may well be my talent... :)


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