Hard to pinpoint why the craft of moviemaking seemed to die away sometime in the late 60s or early 70s but methinks it did largely disappear, with honourable exceptions.
Don’t get me wrong – there were very good films, e.g. Life of Brian, Indiana Jones, but the sheer artistry and the cinematography and magnificent sets, yes even the noir – they just seem from a different age.
Just been watching the making of Dr. Strangelove and as a conceptual masterpiece from woe to go, it’s hard to better. Rotten Tomatoes critics give 100%, audience 94% and certainly it did well at the box office. Plus it has a JFK byline.
Even Starwars is getting long in the tooth now. What could you match it with today – Lord of the Rings?
I’ve looked at a few Greatest lists and the films which come out on top the whole time include:
Vertigo, Citizen Kane, Gone with the Wind, Godfather, Raging Bull, Third Man, Casablanca, Strangelove, 2001 – so many.…