Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Do Those Who Watch Too Many Foreign Films Suffer From Nervous Disorders?

If you stand outside a revival house and watch the crowds coming out onto the street, you realize that foreign films aren’t good for the system. There are those who argue against the healthiness of imbibing fast foods with their transfats, or meat that isn't farm fed, but there's no more unhealthy looking cross-section of the population than those who have spent their leisure time watching foreign films and particularly Ingmar Bergman classics like the famous trilogy about the absence of God: The Silence, Winter Light and Through a Glass Darkly. Anecdotal evidence points to the fact that viewers of such fare tend to be disheveled and shifty-eyed. They display twitches and tics and though they’re avidly talking, it’s rarely to each other. Viewers of European cinema suffer from a malady called “failure of reciprocity syndrome” in which they're so perfervidly opinionating that their sound is out of sync. Epigenetic studies have shown that genes can actually be altered due to the watching of too many foreign films. Bertolucci’s l900, Pasolini’s The Gospel According to St. Matthew (not to speak of his infamous Salo) and Godard’s Breathless have all been found to alter personality as a result of only one viewing.

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