Monday, April 24, 2017
Blogging DFW 10
“The most hated Incandenza film, a variable-length one called The Joke, had only a very brief theatrical release . . . The art-film theaters’ marquees and posters and ads for the thing were all required to say something like ‘THE JOKE’: You Are Strongly Advised NOT To Shell Out Money to See This Film . . .” Then, when it begins, “what was on the wide public screen was just a wide-angled binoculated shot of this very art-film theater’s audience filing in with espressos and finding seats and sitting down and looking around and getting adjusted and saying knowledgeable little pre-movie things to their thick-lensed dates . . .” The audience watches until they realize they are seeing themselves and smiles drop. . . And they leave.