CINEMA MUCH MORE INTEGRAL and at one time perhaps a tonic against the destruction waged by the television: with cinema, each new emission was screened at the community level for a collective of consumers and judged by an open, democratic, and yet anarchic format. It was as if each new movie were a moral and conceptual puzzle to be taken into consideration by individuals, friends, and families, later to be evaluated not only for its own merit but in the light of what revelations it lay bare before the regional republic. Discussions about early films permeated society in commercial and domestic situations, and even predominated interaction in otherwise wrote and antiseptic after-church gatherings. The pastor was glad at anything that brought the flock together, and began integrating examples from The Gold Rush alongside passages from Revelations in his sermons.

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