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January 28, 2007

Helpful Hints from joeeze: Jean-Luc Godard on where to put your TV

The legendary French director, in an interview I read many years ago, said that the difference in how people perceived movies and television resulted from the placement of the screen.

Godard noted that we generally look down at the TV screen (remember, this was back in the day, when screens were much smaller) and up at a movie screen.

He believed the supplication-like nature of looking up created a kind of worshipful sense, making us more likely to imbue what we saw with greater meaning and force.

Gazing down at the TV screen did the opposite, making us spectators rather than participants.

With the advent of big flat screens, it's now possible to come much closer to the cinema experience by placing the screen up rather than at eye level or lower.

That's what I'm going to do when I get mine, for sure.

January 28, 2007 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


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Thank you so very much for turning me on to this interview. When taken in properly, TV angle viewing to me has little to do with feeling (although I will try the "upper" view).

The interview was brilliant, Jean-Luc is brilliant....I will take the time to view all of his movies if they are available to me.

I might have never seen or grasp the depth of this director, that's why I read your website.

Thank you many times over!


Posted by: Joe Peach | Jan 28, 2007 7:28:26 PM

I watch TV through my right ear. The computer is behind the settee and the telly's off to my right. I hear lots of programmes but rarely is anything interesting enough to make me look round. Except an advert I kept hearing offering "free-range cookers" - which turned out to be a kitchen factory offering "free range-cookers" in their sale.

Posted by: Skipweasel | Jan 28, 2007 4:16:04 PM

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