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And to what extent does Greene’s review suggest a new development in children’s film criticism, the realization that not only do films and film stars affect children’s behavior in both negative and positive ways, but that child stars themselves, particularly young female child stars, can affect adult behavior, particularly that of older men? These are, of course, related questions. For the most part, Greene’s two paragraph review of Wee Willie Winkie argues that Temple’s “appeal is more secret and more adult” (233) than generally recognized.

A. Newbould from the Cinematograph Exhibitor’s Association, the CCI, under the auspices of the NCPM, was charged with conducting an inquiry into the “physical, social, educational, and moral influences of the cinema, with special reference to young people” (ix). As Europe struggled with war, revolution, and unrest, the CCI began its work on January 8, 1917 and ended on July 9, 1917, three months before the Bolshevik Revolution (sometimes known as the October Revolution) and the ascendancy to power of Lenin and the Communist Party.

Certain words are permissible in action-adventure movies, others are not. Throughout Last Action Hero, Danny in fact self-consciously and self-mockingly offers a metacommentary on the conventions of the action-film genre and whether or not those generic conventions are observed or ignored. The audience is invited to play along with the game. For example, corrupt police officer John Practice (played by F. Murray Abraham) insists upon talking as he prepares to kill Jack (Jack and Danny are eventually rescued by a cartoon character).

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