Gilding the Small Screen

Is television the new cinema? Just asking the question that way misses the point of both media.

Appeared in: Volume 9, Number 6 | Published on: June 15, 2014
Michael Koresky is the staff writer of the Criterion Collection and author of Terence Davies, forthcoming from the University of Illinois Press in September. Jeff Reichert has directed Gerrymandering (2010), Remote Area Medical (2013), and This Time Next Year (2014). They are the co-founders and co-editors of Reverse Shot, where a shorter version of this essay originally appeared.
show comments
  • Boritz

    To the point of House of Cards being preposterous: It was Arthur C. Clarke himself who proposed that the true story of humanity’s ascent was likely more strange than the black monolith of 2001 A Space Odyssey and the real goings on in the setting of HOC may dwarf the writers’ best efforts.

  • Fat_Man

    Cinema? Really? This is just pretentious.

  • Andrew Allison

    Preposterous and smug describe this article by a pair of self-confessed movie snobs much better than they do either the British or the American incarnations of House of Cards. The fact that serial television has evolved from “I Love Lucy”, “Columbo” and “Bay Watch” to “The Sopranos”, etc,. is a new frontier. It’s effect on the traditional movie business remains to be seen. What we do know is that cinema attendance as a percent of population has been in decline since the 1930s (, a trend which seems likely to accelerate as television offers more of the drama which audiences crave. The logical outcome would be for movie studios to make more TV series. They won’t do so as long as they view television as competition rather than a market opportunity, and the niche will likely be filled by HBO, Netflix, Amazon, et al.

© The American Interest LLC 2005-2017 About Us Masthead Submissions Advertise Customer Service