October 11, 2008
I’ve read a number of the original reviews of Starrett’s films, and it is clear that these films were not intended solely for a younger audience. Many speak of “viewers old and young” and none consider them to be only kiddie fare.
However, due to the passage of time, the original audience members who remain among us are those who first experienced these films as children. The memory of Charles Starrett’s films are, for the most part, kept alive by these primal viewers.
A number of questions are suggested by these facts:
Will The Kid have an encore? Or is his fate linked forever to his very first fans? To a modern audience, is the significance of these films lost forever?
Is there an audience for these films in the 21st Century?
And finally: viewed from the perspective of the 21st Century, what do these films mean?