Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A Little History of the Intermission

I was watching DIAL M FOR MURDER tonight and about half way through the movie the Intermission sign appeared on the screen. I had a flashback of when we actually had an intermission . We would get up and go the bathroom and buy more popcorn and snacks. It was quite enjoyable !  I wonder who was the wise acre who stopped the Intermission.

Here is some info from Wikipedia 

An intermission (American English) or interval (British English) is a recess between parts of a performance or production, such as for atheatrical playoperaconcert, or film screening. It should not be confused with an entr'acte (French: "between acts"), which, in the 18th century, was a sung, danced, spoken, or musical performance that occurs between any two acts, that is unrelated to the main performance, and that thus in the world of opera and musical theatrebecame an orchestral performance that spans an intermission and leads, without a break, into the next act.[1]

Marmontel and Diderot both viewed the interval as a period in which the action did not in fact stop, but continued off-stage. "The interval is a rest for the spectators; not for the action.", wrote Marmontel in 1763. "The characters are deemed to continue acting during the interval from one act to another." However, intervals are more than just dramatic pauses that are parts of the shape of a dramatic structure. They also exist for more mundane reasons, such as that it is hard for audience members to concentrate for more than two hours at a stretch, and actors and performers (for live action performances at any rate) need to rest.[2][3] They afford opportunity for scene and costume changes.[4]And of course performance venues take advantage of them to sell food and drink.[4]

Psychologically, intervals cause audiences to return to reality, and are a period during which they can engage critical faculties that they have suspended during the performance itself.[2][4]


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