Message picture

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A message picture (or "message movie") is a motion picture that, in addition to or instead of being for entertainment, intends to communicate a certain message or ideal about society.

Characteristics[edit]

Message pictures usually present the message they want to deliver in the form of a morality play, and are usually serious (often somber) works. However, not all message pictures are entirely serious, and there are also films spoofing the genre (Sullivan's Travels, for example).[1]

History[edit]

Dore Schary was famous for his message pictures at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer during the late 1940s and early to mid-1950s. Among these were Tea and Sympathy, Bad Day at Black Rock, and Blackboard Jungle.[2] Other famous message pictures by other parties include Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and In the Heat of the Night [3] (the former directed by Stanley Kramer, who was also well known for numerous message films).[4]

In Indian cinema, B.R. Chopra was known for message pictures. Examples include Kanoon (against capital punishment), Naya Daur (importance of labour), Waqt (importance of time and destiny), Nikaah (against triple talaq (divorce) among Muslims), etc.[5]

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Post-1970 examples[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sullivan's Travels". The Criterion Collection. Retrieved 2019-12-05.
  2. ^ Film Producer Dore Schary, 74, Dies - The Washington Post
  3. ^ "In the Heat of the Night". The Criterion Collection. Retrieved 2019-12-05.
  4. ^ Bergan, Ronald (2001-02-21). "Obituary: Stanley Kramer". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-12-05.
  5. ^ BR Chopra – Upperstall.com
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