Movies That Changed The Way Movies Were Made
Most movies only advance the art of filmmaking in small ways, if at all. Occasionally, though, a movie is stunningly original, and it changes the way movies are made forever.
â€œBirth of a Nationâ€ (1915) demonstrated that a movie can bring to life historical events in a grand way. Itâ€™s the first true film epic. Unfortunately, this movie is racist, in part because it glorifies the Ku Klux Klan. D. W. Griffith, its director, would come to regret its socially irresponsible aspects.
With â€œCitizen Kaneâ€ (1941), the young
Very rarely does an animated feature involving talking dogs get the “adults-only” classification, but Plague Dogs is certainly one film you might want to keep the kids from seeing. An older film, you’d probably have to do some digging since it has far outlived its time in theatres, video releases and Cable TV. However, if you can track down this classic, it is certainly worth it.
Plague Dogs doesn’t pull any punches with its opening scene. Ralph, a large black dog, is being drown by scientists and then systematically resuscitated as part of an experiment to see how long a person can go before the point of no return. It’s bleak stuff and something those with delicate sensibilities should avoid. Ralph, luckily, survives his ordeal and meets a young terrier who has had surgery on his brain to make him smarter. The two form an alliance and escape.
You might be reading that description and wondering why anyone would subject themselves to viewing something so tragic. Because it’s necessary.
Experiments like these really happened on poor, defenseless creatures – man’s best friend, for crying out loud. We need to see these things and know that they happened so that we can prevent such cruelty from happening again.
From its earliest days, cinema has been filled with wonderful actors. Below are just a few whose films are worth watching simply for their presence.
Jimmy Stewart built a career around playing unassuming everymen. Usually gentle, his characters could show great fire when pushed to the brink. Perhaps most famous for “It’s a Wonderful Life,” he was one of the greatest stars of the 1940s and 1950s.
Charlton Heston is another actor who made a big name for himself starting in the first half of the century. His tastes tended toward the epic, taking on such
Cult films are movies that have earned a highly devoted fanbase. These films usually go against the norm of mainstream production. The content of these films are often thought provoking, shocking and relate to a specific group of people. The 70s is known to have an abundance of cult favorites.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is one of the most well known cult films of all time. Released in 1975, the bizarre plot has had some scratching their heads and others cheering for
Inventors began developing the first videocassette recorders (VCRs) in the early 1950s, but for many years this technology remained unreliable and outrageously expensive. It wasn’t until the early 1980s that average Americans began to purchase VCRs for their homes.
At first, movie theaters and studios were furious. Throughout the early 1980s, the film industry tried to outlaw VCRs for copyright violations. Obviously, they lost. By the end of the decade, most U.S. households owned a VCR.
Movie theaters expected to lose a lot of business to
The famous film stars of the 1950s are still icons today. Their black and white images still hold power over cinema fans even now, sixty years later.
1950s movie goers were enchanted by Audrey Hepburn’s gentle voice and her expressive eyes. Winning an Academy award for her first starring film role in, “Roman Holiday”, Hepburn went on to make more award winning films.
Known as the “First American Teenager”, James Dean only appeared in three films before his
It is difficult to discern just where to begin a history of motion picture equipment, for movies are an artistic mutation, with roots and influences extending back through the Stone Age. However, assuming that cave drawings are a bit too early to begin such a history, perhaps the best time period to start with is the 1860s. It was during that decade that devices such as the zoetrope and praxinoscope were invented. These glorified flip books allowed individuals to view detailed 2D drawings that were rapidly changed in order to transmit