Chapter headings in films: a form of subtitle envy?

Anne Billson from the writes: Chapter headings are a sign of directors who want to be taken seriously as auteurs – if not authors, such is their evident love of the printed word. I wonder if it's not a sort of subtitle envy. It's well known that subtitles are a signifier of an art movie in the English-speaking world, so for the Anglophone film-maker, who can't go that extra mile without making his film in Aramaic, adding some bits of writing is a surefire way of positioning one's film as arthouse nutrition rather than multiplex popcorn. Though I daresay it makes life easier for the planners of DVD menus as well.

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