When you find yourself in a group of passionate cinema lovers, be careful about what you will say. They are a special type of people who will, for a single wrong statement about movies, rebuke and cut you off from their company.
What makes a real cinephile particularly offended, besides the fact that someone does not like to watch movies at all, are the unqualified people who are trying to make conversations about a movie. Always have in mind that they are the most competent for such debates. Also, remember these seven things you should never say to the person whose real passion is cinematography:
- It’s a Waste of Time
We hope you have never tried to say such a thing to the cinephile. If you did, we hope you had a big smile on your face and told it as a joke.
True cinema lovers will never say, not even for the worst movie, that it’s a waste of time. They find cinematography to be the source of inspiration, wisdom, and knowledge; therefore, it’s worth each second.
- Why Would I Watch a Movie I’ve Watched Before?
Obviously, you have never delved deep enough into movies if you find it annoying to watch the same one multiple times. Watching a favorite movie is always a new experience, depending on the period you watch it, your life course or your mood.
- Cinematography Is Not a Form of Art
Statements like this can evoke a tornado of comments. A cinephile will lecture you about post-revolutionary Russian art film, surrealism, Igmar Bergam, and provide you with a million other pieces of evidence that will prove cinematography has always been an integral part of the art. Moreover, the cinematography was a pioneer of many artistic movements throughout history.
- Black and White Movies Are so Boring
Cinephile would tell you that you don’t deserve to watch them, as black and white films are elite. Citizen Cane, Psycho or To Kill a Mockingbird, are just some of the relics that you should never underestimate.
- A Book Is Better Than a Screen Adaptation
Movie lovers will say that this kind of statement is ridiculous. Books are entirely different dimensions, as literature is a completely different art form. A movie can carry out the story and characters in its particular way, and the experience of watching it is unique.
- I’ll Watch It Later When It Comes out on DVD
True fans know that in two years, when the sequel to the movie they just watched comes out, they will be in the same movie theatre and watch it. If you show less interest in a new movie, they will find offensive.
- Who Cares About the Awards?
Awards do matter. It is not just about fancy nights and glamorous toilets. The Academy Award, Golden Palm or the Bear from Belin are the recognition of meaningful work of art and human brilliance. They are also proof that cinephiles were right about everything mentioned above.