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Did you ever notice that you can date a
movie by the facial expressions/gestures
of the actors? I just watched an Andy
Warhol film that made this clear. It was a
series of 3 minute clips of celebrities
mostly staring at the camera and trying
not to blink. As I was watching I was
that the celebs could have been
from 2005 because all they were doing
was blinking and that is an undatable
gesture. But some of the celebs were
mugging and it became obvious right
away when they did, that they were from
the 1960's. You could see that they had
copied their facial expressions from
people around them and that those kind
of gestures -- that language is one that
changes quickly over time. and i also
decided that I want my own gesture
vocabulary to be totally composed of
timeless gestures. Or is the timelessness
just about a lack of self-consciousness?
anyway it would be good to have a video
dictionary, now that there is so much
available web video, of gestures and facial
expressions by chronological date, with
examples from the movies of the era.
||Hmm. Interesting idea. Sure. +
||I'm unsure of my ability to accurately date facial expressions. Maybe some added "date expression was popular" metadata?
||Theater people and historians would kill for this if you could gat any sort of accuracy at all. Bread.
||I seem to remember Wittgenstein saying something like 'The entirety of an individuals personality can be determined by observing small movements of the head and neck'. Doesn't sound like his usual stuff but still. You might say in the 50s people were austere and in the 80s aspirational (generalisation), so you may be right. I've been in front of the mirror and can't seem to summon anything up though. Fantastic idea.
||I don't think movies are going to be the best example of this... however, I like the concept.