Begin with the beginning of the end.
The moment I wrote these words I knew the text had started and was continuing to an end.
To what end I do not know yet, but what I do know it’s not the End, just an end. I already know for sure this text will not be conclusive, if one ever can be conclusive on such a fundamental topic as “end”.
Well, speaking of the words “the” and “end”: at the end of films they are barely used anymore. I just realized this. Never read anything about it. So now I will, and you will too, read about this. Let’s first get a classical example of a “the end”-still.
There. That was something I was looking for, white text on a black background. A bit funny font. T H E _ E N D
While those magic 6 letters – divided in 2 groups – appear on the screen, in general the (live) music also concludes its finale
: ta, ta, ta, taaaa! (tatata).So now what are the reasons “The End” is used less frequently?
–La condition postmoderne
(1979) by Jean-FranÃ§ois Lyotard on the end of the grandes histoires
, the metanarratives.
“Simplifying to the extreme, I define postmodern as incredulity towards metanarratives”.
-The good old concept of infinity, awareness of Spaceship Earth in an infinite universe – something which Albert Einstein contested:
“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” Did Einstein take into consideration his own stupidity? We humans should always remember what Lucius Annaeus Seneca wrote down: “errare humanum est perseverare diabolicum” (“to err is human; to persist is of the Devil”).
-Big Stories are Big Business. As the 30-Seconds Bunnies
show, stories can be told in 30 seconds, but these days we get sequel after sequel, prequel after sequel, duologies, trilogies, tetralogies, pentalogies, hexologies, heptalogies, octologies, nonologies, decologies, undecologies, dodecologies et cetera (more Latin we can handle no more). The origins 0 The Movie 1 The Legacy continues II Episode 3 Resurrection 4 The Curse V The Return 6 The Reincarnation VII Under water 8 The Revenge IX In Space 10 On the Galapagos Islands XI Reunited 12 Comes home. Merchandising. $$Kching!!
And if it’s the first film, just choose for an open end (fade to black at the end) and wait for public reception. It’s leaving all options open.
-The textual visualisation of “The End” (or “The end”) is overly explicit these days: the rolling of the black screen and/or the end or closing credits
after the last scene of the film already shows the film has ended. In the past opening credits
were used, with “The End” as “closing credit”.
-There are masses of film fans, people who have an intense, occasionally overwhelming liking for films. They want to escape their daily lives and live in a particular artistically created consistent world to their liking.
-Film makers want to expand their visions on reality by adding more form and story/content.
Well, I’d consider the above a non-limitative selection of insights that indicate the trend in films to omit the text “The End” at the end.