Trailer trash is a ride to the cinema.

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Trailer trash is a ride to the cinema.

Host Scott Simon spoke with the New Yorker’s website producer Ian Crouch about the changes in movie trailers over the years. Crouch’s blog post “trailer trash” was posted on the New York guest culture blog on Friday.

Scott Simon, host:

In the world of movie trailers, almost all of us have heard this: it might be called a sonic semicolon:

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Simon: it looks like every movie trailer is a big bang, and that’s almost all the story of the movie right now — with those who forbid the bass. Ian crouch says it’s just the latest trailer to produce cliches. On the New Yorker blog, he briefly introduced a piece titled “trailer junk” through the history of movie trailers. Ian crouch joins us from Maine. Thank you very much for being with us.

IAN CROUCH: hey, Scott.

Simon: do you have such a bad record?

CROUCH: absolutely. I mean, I remember the first time I heard about the “Inception” trailer several years ago. And at that time, it sounded like a really striking sound.

(sound of movie trailers)

CROUCH: but after many years, the trailer is now popping up after the trailer and looks like it’s in every trailer.

Simon: now, you’ve reviewed the movie. For example, the “African queen” of 1951, a famous movie with Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey bogart – let’s listen to the trailer.

(sound of movie trailers)

Simon: oh, Technicolor’s brilliance. The trailer was different, wasn’t it?

CROUCH: yes, they are. The first trailer was in 1913, and it didn’t change for about 50 years. They get some clips from the movie, and then they flash a lot of headlines on the screen, and then the classic low-authority news reader.

Simon: over the years the voice has changed, but what we’ve just heard – unless I miss my guess – you know, someone is trying to make a British accent.

CROUCH: absolutely. And the idea of going to the movies is a huge cultural event where everyone has to be there, and if you miss it, it’s like a moment in the history of the world.

Simon: ok. Now, we’re in the ’70s and’ 80s. According to your blog entry, the movie trailer moves again. This is the trailer for the 1972 Poseidon adventure.

(sound of movie trailers)

(exploding sound)

Simon: so, what’s the difference between these days?

CROUCH: well, I think it comes down to sound. You can tell us that it has more plains and harsh truth styles. I think this is a time of greater caution and boredom, even in Hollywood blockbusters.

Simon: Ian, did you see the horizon in the trailer? I mean, we’re, first of all, we live in an age where you don’t have to go to the theater to see the trailer.

CROUCH: most of the trailers I watch now are trailers uploaded on the Internet. So, not so much depends on the huge sound of the film to convey the sound, they also become more visual, perhaps because of this.

Simon: Ian Crouch, who writes for New Yorker, thanks very much for being with us.

CROUCH: thank you Scott.

Simon: oh, let me say it again: Ian crouch, thank you so much for being with us.

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