THERE’S A WELL-KNOWN anecdote about one of the earliest films to ever be shown. Called L’Arrivée D’Un Train En Gare De La Ciotat (Arrival Of A Train At La Ciotat), it featured, well… a train.

Members of the audience in 1896 are said to have screamed and fled when the train approached the camera, supposedly believing that it was coming out of the screen directly toward them. Whether it’s true or just an urban legend, doesn’t really matter, of course.

It highlights the importance of cinema and film in showing new perspectives of the world, and it also makes us scoff at times gone by. Obviously, cinema audiences have moved on quite a bit since 1876.

But even at that, the visceral reactions to cinema that form parts of cinematic history – the mass panic, fainting, and vomiting from audiences at The Exorcist, the emotional punch packed by Schindler’s List – have been few and far between in recent years, largely because we’ve kind of seen it all before. One of the many ‘scary priest’ scenes from The Exorcist (1973).

Source: YouTube/Best Movie Clips Thanks to 4K TVs, home cinema systems, improvements in the user experience and the ever-increasing range of choices easily available, it’s now pretty standard to sit back and have a cinematic experience right from your own sitting room. Streaming services, popular as they already are, will likely grow even further in the coming years, pushing cinemas out of their share of the market in bringing new titles to audiences. Read more from thejournal.ie…

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