Jon, I was very much the same as you, but you must remember:
a) When we watched "Grand Prix" it was pretty much current and thus relevant to kids, not a 36 year old biopic. Would a film about pre-war motor racing have captured our imagination in the same way?
b) There was far less about to divert kids at the time, and we were a relatively easy snare. The world has moved on, and so have kids.
Having grown up in Los Angeles there were indeed a myriad of diversions to busy ones self with. At the time I was so obsessed with the Beatles anyway that car racing could have been akin to existential theology as far as I was concerned. I was always inquisitive yet skeptical so perhaps not the model test case.
a) Being a child of parents who both were involved in 'the war' and constantly being told of the horrors the Nazi's inflicted I bet I would have.
Sometime around 1964/65 I went along to my fathers office with him, which at the time was at Universal, on one of those 'bring your kids to work
' days we had in America.
My father had spent the last few years working on Hitchcock films and was just about to get real busy on a project called "Grand Prix".
The children in attendance sat together watching these 'old people' scurry around until Peggy Robertson, Hitch's personal assistant, grabbed four of us kids and frogmarched us into a screening room, if for no other reason than to keep us under wraps when the 'Master of Suspense' was due to arrive, and promptly shut the lights off....Oh how spooky
Peggy had a different kind of spooky for us to imbibe.
We then experienced what was one of the greatest cinematic experiences I have ever witnessed. A documentary of the 1936 Berlin games called Olympia.
To say I was captivated by Leni Riefenstahl's propaganda would be an bit of an understatement.
This epic fired in me a life long obsession with sporting achievement and human prowess in general.
I still to this day wonder as to who's idea showing this epic to the children really was as the film sat ready to roll within seconds of us being seated.
It wasn't until a week or so later that Dad asked what we saw in the screening room.
I told him it was an old movie about fitness. He looked puzzled yet the issue was not discussed again until shortly before I began a career of my own.
Isn't it always the way that when your life is about to change the emotions you feel going in to the event are in no way as potent as what they are coming out.....And to think of the pablum that manipulates kids today…
Which brings me to ....
b) Yoof,having 'moved on' as you say, are desperately looking for something to give credence to, something they can 'take to the bank'. None of the kids I interact with are ever moved in ways we were and have been so desensitised by this unrelenting media onslaught that only stupid mutilation videos or bitch and moan reality shows draw a spark of association.
I would like to believe the characters Ron will be attempting to unfurl to the world would be ravenously eaten up whole by this generation.
But then we all seem to harbour under our own preconceptions....and hopes.
Edited by jonpollak, 28 December 2012 - 13:39.