Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve seen a lot of movies. It must be winter. It’s much more comfortable sitting in a cozy theater nibbling on popcorn than speeding around an ice skating rink at 15 miles per hour in 15 degree weather. Then again, maybe we just like movies better. For whatever reason, over the last couple of weeks we’ve seen a lot of movies.
You’ll remember that a couple of weeks ago we wrote about watching a television network’s idea of the greatest movie ever filmed. We disagreed with that but we watched it all the way through. It was from the 1940’s so you really didn’t have to watch it all the way through to read all the credits. They were all in front of the movie, some before the title, some after, and all of them taking a grand total of about a minute to read.
The movie that we saw most recently was filmed in the 1990’s and was nobody’s pick of the greatest movie ever filmed but not a bad story. We stayed at the end of the movie to read the credits all the way through. That took about 7 minutes. Then there was the last of the new releases that we saw in the cozy theater with the popcorn. It was nominated for a bazillion Academy Awards and someday will be on somebody’s list of the greatest movies ever filmed but we’ll probably disagree with that also. We stayed all the way through to read those credits and those took about 15 minutes to read.
So where are we going with this? We aren’t sure either but we wonder who all these people are. Some of them clearly have something to do with the movie. That might be the Third Unit Director. Director of any unit should have something to do with the movie important enough to get noticed. But Assistant Paint Foreman? We’re not kidding. How about Catering Auditor? We don’t doubt that somewhere in the making of this movie somebody audited the caterer’s invoices. And for that they are mentioned at the end of the movie. Hmm.
Many people are involved in bringing you your morning newspaper. There are the writers, the editors, the publisher. These peoples’ names are prominently mentioned so you can ooh and ahh over them. And several people are required to get you your semi-annual teeth cleaning. There is the dentist and then there is the hygienist, and the office receptionist. You probably won’t see the name of the person who services the dental chair on your dentist’s statement any more than you’ll see the person who changes the oil in the car of the person who delivers you newspaper noted on the masthead. Yet aren’t these the equivalent of the catering auditor?
So we have to ask, are we being too generous with the credits for those who work in the movies, or not generous enough with those who really make a difference in our lives. We wonder about that. We really do.
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