Movie Industry Has Predicted Its Own Death in 1959Added: Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
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One of the co-founders of United Artists, Mary Pickford, used to say that she had seen the death of movie industry due to the advent of television, which was considered the real death knell of the industry since the audience could watch video in their own comfortable living rooms.
Interesting old interviews with entertainment industry executives has been dug up recently, showing the industry representatives lamenting their own close death. The only problem is that interviews were done many years ago, thus providing context for their recent predictions.
The similar interview was revealed several days ago, but that one was with the music industry’s representative. 30 years ago some TV show did a report on the state of the music industry, with the President of Elektra-Asylum records complaining that people would stop buying music thanks to FM radio and sensational home-taping equipment.
This time it’s about the movie industry which has also already predicted its close death due to the revolutionary invention – the TV set.
Mary Pickford from the movie studio United Artists and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, said back in 1959 that the theatres will not be able to compete with the television just because audience could watch videos from their own homes. During the interview she said that first it was movie industry that killed live theater performances, and at the moment it was TV that did the same to the movie industry. Pickford claimed that she had seen the birth and the death of the movie industry in her short life. The motion pictures died due to the competition with TV, despite the fact that people can see a movie so much better on a big screen.
Although it’s doubtful that Pickford could be considered as a leading spokesperson for the motion pictures, still the question is raised why we should give legitimacy to the same fears of technological developments, while the entertainment industry has been enjoying years profits.
Just as the music industry has feared FM radio, printed music, recorded music, CD recorders, and now peer-to-peer, the movie industry has also feared TV, VCR, DVR and peer-to-peer as well.
Despite all those fears, Pickford and the movie industry in whole hadn’t managed to block the introduction of the television, but you can imagine what it could have been if they had.
October 26th, 2010Posted by:
Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
|I dont see how the movie industry was suffering (that much) due to television back in those days. Yes people could now watch movies at home, but they were still dependent on what the tv studios showed. There were very few channels back then and you werent gonna see the latest movies on tv, same as now. So people still had a lot of reason to go to the theater. Plus there was no way to record movies and build up a collection of your own, so I really dont see this womans point. If anything the movie industry didnt start suffering till the 80's, with the arrival of Betamax, VHS etc. People could now watch movies when they wanted, not dependent on program listings and they could choose to wait till a certain movie came out for the home market, instead of going to the theater. And even then the money STILL went to the studio's. Today the studio's wish it still WAS the 80's, because at least back then almost everyone paid in some form or another when they wanted to see a movie..|
|posted by (2010-10-26 22:08:26)|
|These people are idiots. They scream that the sky is falling every time a new tech comes along. I have seen or read interviews proclaiming everything that would eventually create new revenue was actually going to destroy a particular industry. Examples: TV, radio, cassettes, CD, Beta Max, Laser Disc, DVD, mp3 (or any digital format), and the internet. Pure ignorance.|
|posted by (2010-10-27 07:53:54)|
|The MPAA etc should be predicting their own death as more and more governments and courts begin to realise how full of sh*t they are.||
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