Saturday, 12 May 2012

GOLDEN YEARS: 1939-1959

La Marseillaise
Man enters the forest

Casablanca, the Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, Citizen Kane, On the Waterfront, It’s a Wonderful life, Sunset Boulevard, Some like it Hot, All about Eve, The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Pinocchio, The 39 Steps, High Noon, Double Indemnity, North by North West, A streetcar named Desire, Bambi, The Third Man, From here to eternity, Vertigo, Shane, 12 Angry Men, The Searchers, The Grapes of wrath, The bridge on the river Kwai, just some of the movies made between 1939 and 1959.

"as God is my witness"
"Nobodys perfect"
During this twenty year period the movie world experienced an unprecedented release of great movies. These classics are just that; classics. By repeated viewing movies can become entrenched in the consciousness, so much so that it can be forgotten that these well known movies are fantastic, despite their ubiquity. when the American Film Institute composed it's 100 greatest movies the lion's share where from this period. When you actually stop and consider these amazing movies what is understood is that the depth and quality of the system that produced these movies is seldom seen these days.
"this aint your night"
behind the curtain

These are all big studio pictures and the irony is that the majority of quality movies are now made by smalll independent studios. Maybe what is shows is that the audience's abilty to understand the language of cinema and the nuance of performance was not under estimated back then. These are the movies that conjure up everything that makes cinema such a passion.
the kiss
Speed limit

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