Friday, April 04, 2003

The End (of Movies as We Know Them)?

Do Fight Club and Pulp Fiction beat Citizen Kane?

Ty Burr takes a big swipe at traditional film in the cover feature of the March 23, 2003 Boston Globe Magazine. “Time and again, a certain group of modern films studded the lists, the same disreputable new classics I’d been hearing about.” . . . “The canon has been changing over the last decade, and what makes a classic of cinema is now drastically different to discerning young moviegoers than it has been to their teachers or to the critics or to Leonard Maltin. The implications of the new canon are vast, much bigger than the specific films themselves, and they speak to the ways in which a new generation perceives history, reality, and even perception itself.”

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Great article!

Obviously Ty Burr has been doing his homework.  Most impressive are his top ten survey results, and especially the source of those results: film majors.  Ty’s research provides much credence to his most salient point, that the reason for the near complete replacement of the top ten great films is not just a generational changing of the guard.  Furthermore, the reason presented is more intriguing. Within this article, Ty is proclaiming that cultured (these are film majors) movie aesthetics has morphed drastically in under thirty years.  For me, this is a very sobering thought.  (I had to read the article twice.)  Reason being, it brings into question the very notion of film as art.  For isn’t great art eternal?!       

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