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Cinema

What Have You Done, Netflix?

By Ehab Abdelhamid
Translated by Humphrey Davies

Thanks to the affordability of platforms like Netflix, nowadays movie-lovers can setup a cinema in the comfort of their living room. Ehab Abdelhamid explores how industry players are dealing with the new challenges and opportunities of this new world. Directors like Amr Salama would normally use cinema to create an atmosphere that draws you into a “magical” world; what happens now that it all takes place on much smaller screens.

Salama cannot imagine the conversion from a performance on the “golden screen,” of which every director dreams, to a performance on the “silver screen” or television, and finally to an attenuated performance on the “bronze screen” of the cell phone or tablet.

 

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