This is the middle part of a 1986 interview that legendary French auteur Jean-Luc Godard conducted with Woody Allen.
Here, they have a (somewhat dated) discussion about the superiority of the movie theatre over television. If you're saddened at 9 more months before "Madmen" returns, you might be relieved to be headed into what is generally considered an exciting season movie-wise, as quality film releases bump back up for winter breaks and pre-Oscar timing strategies.
While the movie theatre is still my (precious and) preferred venue, a lot of people have pretty amazing TVs and sound systems now and choose not to deal with the expensive tickets from broken machines, bizarre smells and odd temperatures, frequent disruptions and bright cell phone beacons of an NYC movie theatre.
For me, though, it's not just about the escapism Godard and Allen discuss, but the unsaid, "did you just see that?!" and the funnier, scarrier, and sadder that a movie is when you're experiencing it as part of a crowd. Especially here in NYC, where we share very little space by having a strict mind-your-own-business policy, it's the sense of community combined with the comforting, darkend room anonymity and, of course, the aforementioned escapism of the movie theatre that is still a real treat.
P.S. Any thoughts on Godard's interviewing style? More to come....